The 10 Most Banned Books of 2012. The List May Surprise You!

Top ten most frequently challenged books list of 2012

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These lists are always crazy to me. I’ve read every book on this list except for 50 shades and each and every one has a valuable story to tell! I’ve blogged multiple times about Looking For Alaska, unfortunately Captain Underpants and And Tango Makes Three are repeats on the list. The Kite Runner, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and Beloved all tell truthful stories with cultural diversity; heaven forbid we read those! Thankfully one thing that is all but guaranteed by hitting this list is that all of these titles will see a BOOST in sales. Read a Banned Book today!

Out of 464 challenges as reported by the Office for Intellectual Freedom

  1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey. 
    Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group
  2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie.
    Reasons: Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
  3. Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher.
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group
  4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James.
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
  5. And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson.
    Reasons: Homosexuality, unsuited for age group
  6. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini.
    Reasons: Homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
  7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green.
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
  8. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
    Reasons: Unsuited for age group, violence
  9. The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
  10. Beloved, by Toni Morrison
    Reasons: Sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence

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OIF receives reports from libraries, schools, and the media on attempts to ban books and compiles this information into lists in order to inform the public about censorship in libraries and schools.  The ALA condemns censorship and works to ensure free access to information. For more information on ALA’s efforts to condemn censorship, please explore Banned Books Week: Celebrating Your Freedom to Read.

*To read more about Banned Books  follow this link to my previous blogs.*

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