Top 10 Banned Books Include 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

The American Library Association's list of banned books includes 'To Kill a Mockingbird'


Below is a list of the ten most frequently challenged books of 2011-12, according to the American Library Association (ALA).

ALA fights against censorship in part by documenting books that some have attempted to remove or restrict from school curricula and library bookshelves.

1. ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
Offensive language; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

2. The Color of Earth (series), by Kim Dong Hwa
Nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

3. The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins
Anti-ethnic; anti-family; insensitivity; offensive language; occult/satanic; violence

4. My Mom’s Having A Baby! A Kid’s Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy, by Dori Hillestad Butler
Nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
Offensive language; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

6. Alice (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Nudity; offensive language; religious viewpoint

7. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
Insensitivity; nudity; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit

8. What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones                               Nudity; offensive language; sexually explicit

9. Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily Von Ziegesar
Drugs; offensive language; sexually explicit

10. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
Offensive language; racism

The 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week will be held Sept. 30-Oct. 6 this year.

Tracie L. Lovett September 12, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Really??!! Parents/adults really need to lighten up and broaden their horizons. To Kill a Mockingbird is CLASSIC literature and also serves to teach a lesson at the same time. I read the book twice in school and we watched the movie. So why isn't Romeo and Juliet banned??? There's ALOT of sexuality in that as well, actually its like that in a lot of Shakespeares work. But parents don't mind if their kids sit around all day playing those EXTREMELY violent and sexual video games. But thats okay!! Censorship is not cool. But I guess its whoever's agenda fits your cause. Get over yourselves folks.
Lanya September 12, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Seriously? You might as well ban the Bible at that rate, it's not only violent but sexually explicit as well! America is a bunch of prudes.
Melissa VanDoren September 12, 2012 at 11:04 PM
I don't have a problem with any of these books being available in the school and/or public library. I do feel that it is not appropriate for the these books to be "suggested" or required reading per school policy. Parents should be the ones to decide if they want to let their MINOR child read these books, not the school district. I would allow my son to read these books, but there would also be many conversations regarding the subject matter and context happening in our home.
Paula Wittman September 13, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Banning a book is the most ridiculous thing!!!
Carol Ann September 18, 2012 at 09:50 AM
Not only is banning books almost as ignorant as burning books but, it's been illegal to ban books from the school library since 1982. School boards across these United States really need to learn they can't just pillage and destroy residence's lives whenever they feel like stepping on us and over the U. S. Constitution. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Island_Trees_School_District_v._Pico
Allen Grey June 19, 2013 at 07:20 PM
Melissa VanDoren, yeah, yeah, I get it freedom of choice. Do you have that at work? If followed this in every case we'd never be able to teach anything. By the way since we're into being 'uniquely american' working more than 3 jobs and all. How are we going to teach our children. Hence we have schools. Can't be lazy sittin' home with the kids. Its not the 50's anymore. Its getting to the point even professional educated individuals are working more hours. Enough with the fantasy land. There is a lot of things in life we don't have a choice about. Time to grow up.


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