Thirty years ago, there was a surge in books being banned from schools, bookstores, and libraries. To call attention to this issue and celebrate the freedom to read, the national book community launched Banned Book Week in 1982. As a part of this movement, the American Library Association's office of Intellectual Freedom compiles reports each year of the most challenged books.
Challenged books are ones that people have continually sought to ban from libraries and schools across the country. Stories are challenged for a number of reasons, but the most common motivation is to protect children from material considered inappropriate by some adults.
Click through this gallery to see the 10 most challenged books of 2011. Hint...you may have seen one of these novels adapted on the big screen.
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The Hunger Games (trilogy) by Suzanne Collins
Some parents feel The Hunger Games trilogy expresses anti-ethnic, anti-family, and insensitive views. The general theme of children killing another for sport is also a contributing factor.
The Alice series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor tells the story of Alice McKinley as she grows up and reaches high school. The books are often challenged for including nudity and offensive language, and having a religious viewpoint.
Kim Dong Twa's three-part Color of Earth series is set in Korea and follows a widowed mother and her daughter. The books have been challenged by critics for including sexually explicit material considered unsuitable for the series' age group.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Alexie's young adult novel about a Native American teenager living on a reservation drew objections from some parents for its offensive langauge, racist and religious viewpoints, and sexually explicit material not suitable for the intended audience.
Are you offended by any of these books? Share your thoughts in comments.
Andrew Freeman is a California native with a degree in history from UCLA. He’s covered a wide range of topics for TakePart, but is particularly interested in politics and policy. Email Andrew |@natureofdabeast | TakePart.com