Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Week #13 Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Banned And/Or Challenged Books That I've Read

1. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
2. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
3. Harry Potter (series) by J.K. Rowling (I've only actually read the first 3 in the series)
4. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
5. The Giver by Lois Lowry
6. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
7. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
8. A Light in the Attic by Shel Siverstein
9. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
10. Where's Waldo by Martin Hanford
11. Little Black Sambo by Helen Bannerman

I guess I've only read 11 from that list, but here's two more that I would like to read.
12. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
13. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

I see from the poster on the right that 1984 was banned once upon a time. That's another one I've read. There are some on the list I'd just as soon not read and there's some that probably don't need to be in elementary school libraries.

Banned Book Week is September 23-30. For more information and to see what books you've read from the list check out The 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990-2000.


Cardine said...

"Flowers for Algernon" sounds so familiar. I think I've read it, but I don't know what it's about.

The interesting thing is that I don't read a lot of books, but I've read most of the books you mentioned. I guess I'm a banned books reader.


itybtyfrog said...

I have read quite a few of those, but had no idea they were banned books. I will have to check out a few other to read from my local library.

Framed said...

Maybe banning books is a reverse psychology thing. You ban the book and people immediately want to read it. May I'll write a book and see if I can get it banned. What on earth is wrong with Where's Waldo, except for being annoying?

Alyson said...

Is there a link somewhere that I've missed? I want to see the full list of banned books.

booklogged said...

Thanks, Aly, I meant to put a link. I've fixed it. It's in the last sentence.

Susan Abraham said...

Good for you, Booklogged!

julie said...

I've most of those books, too, and I loved them! It really frustrates me that people feel the need to ban books. Nobody is making them read books they don't want to read; why do they try to stop people from reading books? My ex-boyfriend, Adam, emailed me a link to an article about a guy who's 14-year-old daughter started reading Fahrenheit 451 in school and found it objectionable. The guy has never read a word in that book and wants to ban it. If you've read Fahrenheit 451, you'll see the irony. Ooohhh. It makes me so MAD!!!

booklogged said...

Julie, I'm going to host a Classic Challenge in Jan & Feb and I'm planning on reading Farenheit 451 then.

julie said...

Book, I can't wait to hear your views on it! We'll have to have a nice discussion. :)

Susan Abraham said...

Hi Booklogged,
Just wanted to add that I love the poster you've got up here for Banned Books Week.
What a fabulous riot of colour and design.