Banned Books "Who Am I?"
Books have been banned or challenged by governments, libraries, schools, and churches because of political, religious, moral, or legal reasons. But intellectual freedom means that each person has the right to decide what they want to read, watch, or listen to (within the limits of the law). No person, organization, or government should be permitted to make those decisions for them.
Let's have some fun and learn a little about some books that have been banned. Some of them may surprise you!
Can you guess..."Who Am I?"
Before we begin, you might wonder...where are books banned or challenged?
I was removed from the school libraries, challenged and banned because I contain "excess vulgar language, sexual scenes, things concerning moral issues, excessive violence, and anything dealing with the occult." Who am I?
The Catcher in the Rye, by JD Salinger
The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
Satanic Verses, by Salman Rushdie
Rabbit, Run, by John Updike
I have been banned for "homosexuality, religious viewpoint, and being unsuited to age group" Who am I?
And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant by Jean de Brunhoff
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Outside Over There by Maurice Sendak
I was banned in Italy and Yugoslavia, and I was burned in Nazi bonfires because I was "too radical" and my author had socialist leanings. Who am I?
Go Tell It on the Mountain, by James Baldwin
Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
The Call of the Wild, by Jack London
The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair
I was challenged and restricted for featuring a gay marriage and LGBTQIA+ content; for being “a deliberate attempt to indoctrinate young children” with the potential to cause confusion, curiosity, and gender dysphoria; and for conflicting with a religious viewpoint. Who am I?
And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
Prince & Knight by Daniel Haack
Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
George by Alex Gino
I was banned and challenged for sexual references, profanity, violence, gambling, and underage drinking, and for my religious viewpoint. Who am I?
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki
I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
I have been called "filthy", "offensive", and "indecent." I have also been challenged because I "take the Lord's name in vain." Who am I?
As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner
Beloved, by Toni Morrison
Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov
I have been banned because of my political viewpoint, racism, and violence. Who am I?
Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
Bone (series), by Jeff Smith
Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
I was burned in Drake, ND. and banned in several states because of my "explicit sexual scenes, violence, and obscene language." Who am I?
Slaughterhouse Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
Lady Chatterley's Lover, by D.H. Lawrence
Sons and Lovers, by D.H. Lawrence
The Awakening, by Kate Chopin
I have been challenged for offensive language, religious viewpoint, violence as well as being sexually explicit and "unsuited to age group". Who am I?
The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier
Taming the Star Runner, by S.E. Hinton
We All Fall Down, by Robert Cormier
Fallen Angels, by Walter Dean Myers
I have been challenged because I contain “profanity” and “adult themes such as sexual intercourse, rape, and incest.” The complainants also contend that my use of racial slurs promotes “racial hatred, racial division, racial separation, and promotes white supremacy.” Who am I?
The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
Ulysses, by James Joyce
Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
I have been challenged because I am anti-family, promote the occult/Satanism, an anti-religious viewpoint, and violence.” Who am I?
Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson
Harry Potter, by J.K. Rowling
Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
The Golden Compass, by Philip Pullman
I have been challenged because I promote homosexuality and am "sexually explicit and unsuited to age group." Who am I?
Gossip Girls (series), by Cecily Von Ziegesar
It's Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health, by Robie H. Harris
The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
What My Mother Doesn't Know, by Sonya Sones
I have been challenged and banned for many reasons, including my characters "showed contempt for religion, marriage, and family", and I contain adult themes including sexuality, drugs, suicide. Who am I?
Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison
Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James
Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
Big Hard Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction
I have been challenged for promoting colonialism and being "politically and morally offensive." Who am I?
The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, by William Steig
The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant, by Jean de Brunhoff
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
I have been challenged and vandalized for LGBTQIA+ content and political viewpoints, for concerns that I am “designed to pollute the morals of its readers,” and for not including a content warning" Who am I?
Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress by Christine Baldacchino
A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss
Heather Has Two Mommies by Lesléa Newman
Jacob's New Dress by Sarah Hoffman
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