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JPB    Allard

Allard, Harry.  BUMPS IN THE NIGHT.  Dudley Stork enlists his friends to help rid his house of things that go bump in the night. c1979. Challenged for its description of families in a derogatory manner and encourages disrespectful language and disobedience to parents.


JPB    Allard

Allard, Harry.  THE STUPIDS DIE.  The Stupid family think they are dead when the lights go out. 1981. Challenged for its description of families in a derogatory manner and encourages disrespectful language and disobedience to parents.


JPB    Allard

Allard, Harry.  THE STUPIDS HAVE A BALL.  The Stupid family celebrates the children's awful report cards by inviting their relatives to a costume party. c1978. Challenged for its description of families in a derogatory manner and encourages disrespectful language and disobedience to parents.


JPB    Allard

Allard, Harry.  THE STUPIDS TAKE OFF.  In an attempt to avoid a visit from Uncle Carbuncle, the Stupids fly off in their airplane and visit several other relatives who are just as stupid as they are. c1989 Challenged for its description of families in a derogatory manner and encourages disrespectful language and disobedience to parents.


JPB    Handford

Handford, Martin.  WHERE'S WALDO?  The reader follows Waldo as he hikes around the world and must try to find him in the illustrations of some of the crowded places he visits. c1987. Challenged for a tiny drawing of a woman lying oh the beach wearing a bikini bottom but no top.


JPB    Merriam

Merriam, Eve.  HALLOWEEN A B C.  A poem for each letter of the alphabet introduces a different, spooky aspect of Halloween. c1987. Challenged for violence, promoting Satanism, murder, and suicide and deviant behavior.


JPB    Newman

Newman, Leslea.  HEATHER HAS TWO MOMMIES.  When Heather goes to playgroup, at first she feels bad because she has two mothers and no father, but then she learns that there are lots of different kinds of families and the most important thing is that all the people love each other.c1989.Challenged for obscene subject matter and vulgarity with the message that lesbianism/homosexuality is okay.


JPB    Sendak

Sendak, Maurice.  IN THE NIGHT KITCHEN.  A little boy's dream-fantasy in which he helps three fat bakers get milk for their cake batter. [1970]. Challenged because the little boy pictures did not have any clothes on and it pictured his private area.


JPB Steig

Steig, William,  SYLVESTER AND THE MAGIC PEBBLE.  In a moment of fright Sylvester the donkey asks his magic pebble to turn him into a rock but then can not hold the pebble to wish himself back to normal again. [1969]. Challenged because all characters are shown as animals; police are presented as pigs.


JPB    Willhoite

Willhoite, Michael.  DADDY'S ROOMMATE.  A young boy discusses his divorced father's new living situation, in which the father and his gay roommate share eating, doing chores, playing, loving, and living. [1991], c1990. Challenged for homosexual themes were inappropriate for children.





J    612.63    M469w

Mayle, Peter.  WHERE DID I COME FROM? : THE FACTS OF LIFE WITHOUT ANY NONSENSE AND WITH ILLUSTRATIONS. Describes the reproductive process from intercourse to birth. 1975, c1973. Challenged for sex education.


J    613.9    H315it

Harris, Robie H.  IT'S PERFECTLY NORMAL: A BOOK ABOUT CHANGING BODIES, GROWING UP, SEX, AND SEXUAL HEALTH. Lots of questions -- What is sex? -- Our bodies -- Puberty --Families and babies -- Decisions – Staying healthy.c1994. Challenged for being sexually explicit, pornographic, and to easily accessible to children.


J    613.907    C689as

Cole, Joanna. ASKING ABOUT SEX AND GROWING UP : A QUESTION-AND-ANSWER BOOK FOR BOYS AND GIRLS.  Uses a question-and-answer format to present sex information for preteens. c1988. Challenged for sex education.


YP    613.953    M178wh

Madaras, Lynda. THE WHAT'S HAPPENING TO MY BODY? BOOK FOR BOYS: A GROWING UP GUIDE FOR PARENTS AND SONS. Discusses the changes that take place in a boy's body during puberty, including information on the body's changing size and shape, the growth spurt, reproductive organs, pubic hair, beards, pimples, voice changes, wet dreams, and puberty in girls. c1988. Challenged for sex education, AIDS awareness, and the supernatural. 


J    811.54    S587l

Silverstein, Shel.  A LIGHT IN THE ATTIC:  A collection of humorous poems and drawings. c1981. Challenged for promoting disrespect, horror, and violence; also containing subliminal or underlying messages and anti-parent material.


YP    92    A584i

Angelou, Maya.  I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS.  Young Maya leads a precarious existence in racist, Depression-era Arkansas, where she is shuttled between her grandmother's and mother's house. She endures to share her realization in her

valedictory address: "In order to lift your voice, you have to lift your head." [1970, c1969] Challenged for the description of a rape she suffered as a child.





J    B218in

Banks, Lynne Reid.  THE INDIAN IN THE CUPBOARD.  A nine-year-old boy receives a plastic Indian, a cupboard, and a little key for his birthday and finds himself involved in adventure when the Indian comes to life in the cupboard and befriends him.

c1981. Challenged for subtle stereotypes inconsistent with district diversity goals.

J   B219a

Bannerman, Helen.  LITTLE BLACK SAMBO.  A little boy in India loses his fine new clothes to the tigers, but while they dispute who is the grandest tiger in the jungle, he takes his fine clothes back again. [1933].  Challenged for its depiction of people of African descent.


YP     B651we

Block, Francesca Lia.  WEETZIE BAT.  Follows the wild adventures of Weetzie Bat and her Los Angeles friends, Dirk, Duck, and My-Secret-Agent-Lover-Man. c1989. Challenged for glorifying homosexuality, promoting promiscuity and underage drinking and bashing Christianity.


J     B658ar

Blume, Judy.  ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT'S ME, MARGARET.  Faced with the difficulties of growing up and choosing a religion, a twelve-year-old girl talks over her problems with her own private God. [1970] Challenged for sexual grounds including sexual development.


J    B658b

Blume, Judy.  BLUBBER. Jill goes along with the rest of the fifth-grade class in tormenting a classmate and then finds out what it's like when she, too, becomes a target. [1974] Challenged for offensive language and being unsuited to age group.


YP    B658t

Blume, Judy.  TIGER EYES.  Resettled in the "Bomb City" with her mother and brother, Davey Wexler recovers from the shock of her father's death during a holdup of his 7-Eleven store in Atlantic City. [1982], c1981. Challenged for violence and could  create unnecessary fears in some young people.


YP   B798f  

Bradbury, Ray.  FAHRENHEIT 451. First published in 1953, this novel illuminates suppression of critical thought and reading. Montag, a regimented fireman in charge of burning the forbidden volumes, meets a revolutionary school teacher who dares to read.  Suddenly he finds himself a hunted fugitive, forced to choose not only between two women, but between personal safety and intellectual freedom. c1993.


J    C319al 

Carroll, Lewis.  ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND.  By falling down a rabbit hole, Alice experiences unusual adventures with a variety of nonsensical characters. c1985.Challenged for portraying animals and humans on the same level.


J    C625h 1986 

Twain, Mark.   THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN.  The adventures of a young boy traveling down the Mississippi River with an escaped slave. c1986  Challenged for a very low grade  of morality, rough, coarse dialect, systematic use of bad grammar.


J   C624t5

Twain, Mark.  THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER. The adventures of a boy growing up in the nineteenth century in a Mississippi River town, as he plays hookey on an island, witnesses a crime, hunts for pirates' treasure, and becomes lost in a cave. [c1931] Challenged for its racially charged language.


J    C689go

Cole, Brock.  THE GOATS.  Stripped and marooned on a small island by their fellow campers, a boy and a girl form an uneasy bond that grows into a deep friendship when they decide to run away and disappear without a trace. c1987. Challenged for describing the rescue of a naked girl and for offensive and inappropriate language for seventh graders.


J    C699ju

Collier, James Lincoln.  JUMP SHIP TO FREEDOM.  In 1787 a fourteen-year-old slave, anxious to buy freedom for himself and his mother, escapes from his dishonest master and tries to find help in cashing the soldier's notes received by his father for fighting in the Revolution. 1987, c1981. Challenged for a racial slur and the main character questions the intelligence of his own race at the beginning of the story.


Collier, James Lincoln.  MY BROTHER SAM IS DEAD.  Recounts the tragedy that strikes the Meeker family during the Revolution when one son joins the rebel forces while the rest of the family tries to stay neutral in a Tory town. [1974] Challenged for profanity - “bastard, goddamn, and hell” and violence; also  uses name of God and Jesus in a “vain and profane manner along with inappropriate sexual preferences.”


YP    C752cr

Conly, Jane Leslie.  CRAZY LADY!  As he tries to come to terms with his mother's death, Vernon finds solace in his growing relationship with the neighborhood outcasts, an alcoholic and her retarded son. c1993.  Challenged for offensive language.


YP    C811 ch

Cormier, Robert.  THE CHOCOLATE WAR; A NOVEL.  A high school freshman discovers the devastating consequences of refusing to join in the school's annual fund raising drive and   arousing the wrath of the school bullies. [1974]  Challenged for containing sexual innuendoes, profanity and violence.


YP    C811fa

Cormier, Robert.  FADE.  Paul Moreaux, the thirteen-year-old son of French Canadian immigrants, inherits the ability to become invisible, but this power soon leads to death and destruction. c1988. Challenged for sex and violence and not being appropriate for middle school students.


YP    C811we

Cormier, Robert.  WE ALL FALL DOWN: A NOVEL.  As The Avenger searches for the teenage boys who trashed a house in his neighborhood, Buddy, one of the trashers, increases his drinking in order to cope with his parents' separation and his obsession with the daughter of the owner of the vandalized house. c1991.Challenged for rape, vulgarity, alcohol abuse and how to cover up.


J   D131j

Dahl, Roald.  JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH, A CHILDREN'S STORY.   Wonderful adventures abound after James escapes from his fearful aunts by rolling away in a giant peach. [1961] Challenged for use of a foul word “ass” and parts of the book deal with wine, tobacco, and sniff and promotes drugs and whiskey; also inappropriate reading material for young children.


J    D131wi

Dahl, Roald.  THE WITCHES.  A young boy and his Norwegian grandmother, who is an expert on witches, together foil a witches' plot to destroy the world's children by turning them into mice. 1985, c1983. Challenged for enticing impressionable children into becoming involved in the occult, alleged violence, did not teach moral values and use of the word “slut”.


J     F555h

Fitzhugh, Louise.  HARRIET THE SPY.  The story about eleven-year old Harriet, who is a spy, plans to be a writer, and keeps a secret notebook filled with thoughts and notes on her school mates and people she observes on her after-school "spy route."  However, when her classmates find and read her notebook, their anger and retaliation, and Harriet's unexpected responses, explode in a hilarious and [1992], c1964.Challenged for teaching children to lie, spy, talk back, and curse.


YP    G218an

Garden, Nancy.  ANNIE ON MY MIND.  Liza puts aside her feelings for Annie after the disaster at school, but eventually she allows love to triumph over the ignorance of people. c1982. Challenged for its depiction of homosexuality.


J    G348j    c.2

George, Jean Craighead.  JULIE OF THE WOLVES.  While running away from home and an unwanted marriage, a thirteen-year-old Eskimo girl becomes lost on the North Slope of Alaska and is befriended by a wolf pack.. [1972]  Challenged for socialist, communist, evolutionary, and anti-family themes.


YP    G573

Anonymous. GO ASK ALICE.  A fifteen-year-old drug user chronicles her daily struggle to escape the pull of the drug world. [1982] c1971.Challenged for the treatment of descriptions of sex, vulgar language, and reference to drugs.


YP     G799dr

Greene, Bette.  THE DROWNING OF STEPHAN JONES.  As her mother battles a citizens' group that wants to ban all "anti-Christian" literature from the public library, Carla faces her own battle of torn loyalties when her boyfriend starts persecuting the homosexual owners of an antiques shop. c1991.Challenged for portrayals of gays, lesbians and for homosexuality.


YP    G799s

Greene, Bette.  SUMMER OF MY GERMAN SOLDIER. Sheltering an escaped German prisoner of war is the beginning of some shattering experiences for a 12-year-old Jewish girl in Arkansas. c1973. Challenged for racism, offensive language and being sexually explicit.

YP    G936o

Guest, Judith.  ORDINARY PEOPLE.  The "ordinary" existence of an upper middle class family is shattered with the death of the older son and the struggle of the younger son against guilt and suicide. c1976. Challenged for obscene language and sexual innuendoes.


J      H177gi

Hall, Lynn.  THE GIVER.  A growing attachment between fifteen-year-old Mary McNeal and her homeroom teacher tests her character and proves her maturity. c1985.  Challenged for being sexually explicit, occult themes, and violence.

YP     G767ja

Homes, A. M.  JACK.  Fifteen-year-old Jack's confused feelings for his father, who

left him and his mother four years earlier, are further complicated when he finds that his father is gay. c1989. Challenged for its rampant profanity and its negative portrayals of characters.


YP    L478to

Lee, Harper.  TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD.  A small-town Southern lawyer loses friends and social position when he defends a black man unjustly accused of rape, but gains the esteem of his motherless children. 1982, c1960. Challenged for social gounds.


YP    L566wr    1973

L'Engle, Madeleine.  A WRINKLE IN TIME. Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg's father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.1973, c1962. Challenged for sending a mixed signal to children about good and evil. Objections to listing the name of Jesus Christ together with the names of great artists, philosophers, scientists, and religious leaders when referring to defenders of Earth against evil.


YP   L767o

Lipsyte, Robert.  ONE FAT SUMMER. An overweight fourteen-year-old boy experiences a turning point summer in which he learns to stand up for himself. c1977. Challenged for the description of a teenage boy's masturbation fantasy.


YP    M996fa

Myers, Walter Dean.  FALLEN ANGELS.  Seventeen-year-old Richie Perry, just out of his Harlem high school, enlists in the Army in the summer of 1967 and spends a devastating year on active duty in Vietnam. c1988.  Challenged for containing violence and profanity.


J    N333a

Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds.  ALL BUT ALICE.  Seventh grader Alice decides that the only way to stave off only way to stave off personal and social disasters is to be part of the crowd, especially the "in" crowd, no matter how boring and, potentially,

difficult.c1992.Challenged for sexual content and being unsuited to the age group.


J    N333al

Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds.  ALICE IN RAPTURE, SORT OF.  The summer before she enters the seventh grade becomes the summer of Alice's first boyfriend, and she discovers that love is about the most mixed-up thing that can possibly happen to you, especially since she has no mother to go to for advice. c1989. Challenged for sexual content and being unsuited to the age group.


J     N333re

Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds.  RELUCTANTLY ALICE.  Alice experiences the joys and embarrassments of seventh grade while advising her father and older brother on their love

lives. c1991. Challenged for sexual content and being unsuited to the age group.

J     P296br   1987

Paterson, Katherine.  BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA.  The life of a ten-year old boy expands when he becomes friends with a newcomer who subsequently meets an untimely death. From his sorrow he learns the meaning of friendship.c1987. Challenged for offensive language –“Oh Lord” and “Lord” used as an expletive; deals with sorcery, and contains subject matter that sets bad examples and gives students negative views of life.


J   P296gr

Paterson, Katherine.  THE GREAT GILLY HOPKINS.  An eleven-year-old foster child tries to cope with her longings and fears as she schemes against everyone who tries to be friendly. 1983, c1978. Challenged for profanity, blasphemy, and obscenities, and gutter language; contains words “hell” and “damn”.


YP     P367d

Peck, Robert Newton.  A DAY NO PIGS WOULD DIE.  To a thirteen-year-old Vermont farm boy whose father slaughters pigs for a living, maturity comes early as he learns "doing what's got to be done," especially regarding his pet pig who cannot produce a litter. c1972.Challenged for profanit , violence, descriptions of pigs mating, being slaughtered and a cow giving birth.


J    P639ca

Pilkey, Dav.  CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS AND THE INVASION OF THE INCREDIBLY NAUGHTY CAFETERIA LADIES FROM OUTER SPACE: THE THIRD EPIC NOVEL.  Only Captain Underpants can stop the three evil space aliens who have invaded Jerome Horwitz Elementary School and turned everyone into lunchroom zombie nerds.c1999. Challenged for being unsuited to age group, as well as encouraging children to disobey authority.


J    R884hc

Rowling, J. K.  HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS.  When the Chamber of Secrets is opened again at the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry, second-year student Harry Potter finds himself in danger from a dark power that has once more been released on the school. 1999. Challenged for serious tone of death, hate, lack of respect and sheer evil.


J    R884hg

Rowling, J. K.  HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE.  Fourteen-year-old Harry Potter joins the Weasleys at the Quidditch World Cup, then enters his fourth year at Hogwarts Academy where he is mysteriously entered in an unusual contest that challenges his wizarding skills, friendships and character, amid signs that an old enemy is growing stronger. c2000. Challenged for violence and glorification of witccraft, Satanism, spiritism and occult ideas,


YP     S165ca    c.2

Salinger, J. D.  THE CATCHER IN THE RYE.  Holden narrates the story of a couple of days in his sixteen-year-old life, just after he's been expelled from prep school. His constant wry observations about what he encounters, from teachers to phonies (the two of course are not mutually exclusive) capture the essence of the eternal teenage experience of alienation   c1951. Challenged for its profanity and sexual situations.


J     T244ro   1976

Taylor, Mildred D.  ROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR MY CRY.  A black family living in the South during the 1930's are faced with prejudice and discrimination which their children don't understand. c1997.Challenged for insensitivity, racism, and offensive language.


J    T246c   c.2

Taylor, Theodore  THE CAY.  When the freighter on which they are traveling is torpedoed by a German submarine during World War II, a twelve-year-old white boy, blinded by a blow on the head, and an old Negro are stranded on a small desert island in the Caribbean where the boy acquires a new kind of vision, courage, and love from his old companion. [1969] Challenged for maligning African Americans.


J    W6731l

Wilder, Laura Ingalls.  LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE.  A family travels from the big woods of Wisconsin to a new home on the prairie, where they build a house, meet neighboring Indians, build a well, and fight a prairie fire. c1953.  Challenged for statements considered derogatory to Native Americans.


J      Y47d

Yep, Laurence.  DRAGONWINGS.  In the early twentieth century a young Chinese boy joins his father in San Francisco and helps him realize his dream of making a flying machine. c1975.  Challenged for encouraging suicide-induced reincarnation.


YP    Z77pi

Zindel, Paul.  THE PIGMAN.  A teenage boy and girl, high school sophomores from unhappy homes, tell of their bizarre relationship with an old man. c1983.






P.R.    025.213    F654ba    2002

Foerstel, Herbert N.  BANNED IN THE U.S.A.: A REFERENCE GUIDE TO BOOK CENSORSHIP IN SCHOOLS AND PUBLIC LIBRARIES. The heart of the book is a “Survey of Banned Books” revised with annotated entries on the 50 most frequently challenged books for 1996 through 2000; the Harry Potter series tops the list. c2002.


P.R.   025.213   I61  2002

Compiled by the Office for Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association.  INTELLECTUAL FREEDOM MANUAL. c2002.


P.R.    098.1    S281te

Scales, Pat.  TEACHING BANNED BOOKS: 12 GUIDES FOR YOUNG READERS.  The 12 featured books, all challenged at one time or another, are jumping-off points for rich and engaging discussion among young readers, their librarians and teachers, and their parents. c2001.  


P.R.   303.376   H471no

Heins, Marjorie.  NOT IN FRONT OF THE CHILDREN: "INDECENCY," CENSORSHIP AND THE INNOCENCE OF YOUTH. Heins explores the fascinating history of "indecency" laws and other restrictions aimed at protecting youth. c2001.


P.R.   379.156   D349wh

DelFattore, Joan.  WHAT JOHNNY SHOULDN'T READ: TEXTBOOK CENSORSHIP IN AMERICA.  In this lucid, disturbing, and provocative book, DelFattore offers a behind-the-scenes view of the ways in which special interest groups influence the content of textbooks used in public and private schools throughout the country. c1992.


P.R,   810.9    C396
Karolides, Nicholas J. editor.  CENSORED BOOKS: CRITICAL VIEWPOINTS. This collection of essays has been prepared to provide assistance to the growing number of students, teachers, librarians and parents who find themselves confronting a censorship situation. c1993.


P.R.    810.9    C396    2002

Karolides, Nicholas J. editor.  CENSORED BOOKS II: CRITICAL VIEWPOINTS, 1985-2000.    Presents beautifully reasoned arguments to support the teaching of a wide range of literature that have been frequently challenged by would-be censors. c2002.



REF    025.213    P679hi

Pistolis, Donna Reidy.  HIT LIST - FREQUENTLY CHALLENGED BOOKS FOR CHILDREN. An authoritative guide to the children's books that most frequently raise the ire of school boards, parents, and special interest groups, resulting in challenges for public and school libraries. c1996.


REF    025.213    B395hi    2002


CHALLENGED BOOKS.  Featuring more than 3 dozen “hot button” books, this book presents a who's who of children's literature writers including Dahl, Allard, Blume, Rowling, Stine, L'Engle, Lowry, and Naylor. c2002.

REF    025.213    I61    2002

American Library Association.  INTELLECTUAL FREEDOM MANUAL. This is a must-have guide for developing policy, responding to censorship challenges, developing a materials selection program, dealing with pressure groups, and promoting access to information for all users in the new millennium.  c2006..

REF   025.213   L628hi   2002

Lesesne, Teri S.  HIT LIST FOR YOUNG ADULTS 2: FREQUENTLY CHALLENGED BOOKS.  Featuring 20 “hot button” books, this book presents a who's who of young adult writers including Salinger, Cormier, Chbosky, and Blume.c2002.


Created by Donna Wallach,  September 2003; updated September 2006



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