Banned Books

Banned Books Week…

  • is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read.
  • highlights the value of free and open access to information.
  • supports the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
  • draws national attention to the harms of censorship.
  • is a celebration of the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available.
  • is efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.

2 Different ways to read books!

  • Books suggested by English Department, approved by the Board of Education, for use in the classroom with direct teaching, part of the curriculum, for assignments.

(Search in Destiny by BOE.)

  • Books purchased for the Library Learning Commons, available to all students, free choice reading for all.

Reasons for challenges

Over this recent past decade, 5,099* challenges were reported to the Office for Intellectual Freedom.

  • 1,577 challenges due to "sexually explicit" material;
  • 1,291 challenges due to "offensive language";
  • 989 challenges due to materials deemed "unsuited to age group";
  • 619 challenged due to "violence"' and
  • 361 challenges due to "homosexuality."


(Search in Destiny Catalog by “Banned” to see what we own.)

  • Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey

Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence

  • The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison

Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence

  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie

Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

  • Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James

Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

  • The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins

Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group

  • A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl, by Tanya Lee Stone

Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit

  • Looking for Alaska, by John Green

Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky

Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

  • Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya

Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit

  • Bone (series), by Jeff Smith

Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence

Top 10 Banned Books of 2013 NMHS-LLC owns the titles listed in green.

Recent books challenged


Check out these links

NMHS Library Learning Commons

celebrates the freedom to read.

Information for this presentation found on the

American Library Association website

ALA Banned Books Week Presentation 2017 - Google Slides