What’s All This About Band Book Week?

I’m here to speak out against Band Book Week. How dare those librarians force us to read books about band all week! Don’t they know there are also books about birth control and fat kids and witches and gay penguins and full frontal snogging and Huckleberry Finn AND shelves of books by Judy Blume?! Kids won’t have time to just read books about band —

Miss Litella?


Excuse me, but it’s Banned Book Week. Not Band Book Week. Banned books.

Oh. I’m sorry. Never mind.

Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books in 2000-2007

Out of 3,869 challenges reported to or recorded by the Office for Intellectual Freedom, as compiled by the Office for Intellectual Freedom, American Library Association. The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom does not claim comprehensiveness in recording challenges. Research suggests that for each challenge reported there are as many as four or five which go unreported.

1 Harry Potter ~ J.K. Rowling
2 Alice series ~ Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
3 The Chocolate War ~ Robert Cormier
4 Of Mice and Men ~ John Steinbeck
5 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings ~ Maya Angelou
6 Scary Stories ~ Alvin Schwartz
7 Fallen Angels ~ Walter Dean Myers
8 It’s Perfectly Normal ~ Robie Harris
9 And Tango Makes Three ~ Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell
10 Captain Underpants ~ Dav Pilkey
11 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn ~ Mark Twain
12 The Bluest Eye ~ Toni Morrison
13 Forever ~ Judy Blume
14 The Color Purple ~ Alice Walker
15 The Perks of Being A Wallflower ~ Stephen Chbosky
16 Killing Mr. Griffin ~ Lois Duncan
17 Go Ask Alice ~ Anonymous
18 King and King ~ Linda de Haan
19 Catcher in the Rye ~ J.D. Salinger
20 Bridge to Terabithia ~ Katherine Paterson
21 The Giver ~ Lois Lowry
22 We All Fall Down ~ Robert Cormier
23 To Kill A Mockingbird ~ Harper Lee`
24 Beloved ~ Toni Morrison
25 The Face on the Milk Carton ~ Caroline Cooney
26 Snow Falling on Cedars ~ David Guterson
27 My Brother Sam Is Dead ~ James Lincoln Collier
28 In the Night Kitchen ~ Maurice Sendak
29 His Dark Materials series ~ Philip Pullman
30 Gossip Girl series ~ Cecily von Ziegesar
31 What My Mother Doesn’t Know ~ Sonya Sones
32 Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging ~ Louise Rennison
33 It’s So Amazing ~ Robie Harris
34 Arming America ~ Michael Bellasiles
35 Kaffir Boy ~ Mark Mathabane
36 Blubber ~ Judy Blume
37 Brave New World ~ Aldous Huxley
38 Athletic Shorts ~ Chris Crutcher
39 Bless Me, Ultima ~ Rudolfo Anaya
40 Life is Funny ~ E.R. Frank
41 Daughters of Eve ~ Lois Duncan
42 Crazy Lady ~ Jane Leslie Conly
43 The Great Gilly Hopkins ~ Katherine Paterson
44 You Hear Me ~ Betsy Franco
45 Slaughterhouse Five ~ Kurt Vonnegut
46 Whale Talk ~ Chris Crutcher
47 The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby ~ Dav Pilkey
48 The Facts Speak for Themselves ~ Brock Cole
49 The Terrorist ~ Caroline Cooney
50 Mick Harte Was Here ~ Barbara Park
51 Summer of My German Soldier ~ Bette Green
52 The Upstairs Room ~ Johanna Reiss
53 When Dad Killed Mom ~ Julius Lester
54 Blood and Chocolate ~ Annette Curtis Klause
55 The Fighting Ground ~ Avi
56 The Things They Carried ~ Tim O’Brien
57 Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry ~ Mildred Taylor
58 Fat Kid Rules the World ~ K.L. Going
59 The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things ~ Carolyn Mackler
60 A Time To Kill ~ John Grisham
61 Rainbow Boys ~ Alex Sanchez
62 Olive’s Ocean ~ Kevin Henkes
63 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest ~ Ken Kesey
64 A Day No Pigs Would Die ~ Robert Newton Peck
65 Speak ~ Laurie Halse Anderson
66 Always Running ~ Luis Rodriguez
67 Black Boy ~ Richard Wright
68 Julie of the Wolves ~ Jean Craighead George
69 Deal With It! ~ Esther Drill
70 Detour for Emmy ~ Marilyn Reynolds
71 Draw Me A Star ~ Eric Carle
72 Fahrenheit 451 ~ Ray Bradbury
73 Harris and Me ~ Gary Paulsen
74 Junie B. Jones series ~ Barbara Park
75 So Far From the Bamboo Grove ~ Yoko Watkins
76 Song of Solomon ~ Toni Morrison
77 Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes ~ Chris Crutcher
78 What’s Happening to My Body Book ~ Lynda Madaras
79 The Boy Who Lost His Face ~ Louis Sachar
80 The Lovely Bones ~ Alice Sebold
81 Anastasia Again! ~ Lois Lowry
82 Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret ~ Judy Blume
83 Bumps In the Night ~ Harry Allard
84 Goosebumps series ~ R.L. Stine
85 Shade’s Children ~ Garth Nix
86 Cut ~ Patricia McCormick
87 Grendel ~ John Gardner
88 The House of Spirits ~ Isabel Allende
89 I Saw Esau ~ Iona Opte
90 Ironman ~ Chris Crutcher
91 The Stupids series ~ Harry Allard
92 Taming the Star Runner ~ S.E. Hinton
93 Then Again, Maybe I Won’t ~ Judy Blume
94 Tiger Eyes ~ Judy Blume
95 Like Water for Chocolate ~ Laura Esquivel
96 Nathan’s Run ~ John Gilstrap
97 Pinkerton, Behave! ~ Steven Kellog
98 Freaky Friday ~ Mary Rodgers
99 Halloween ABC ~ Eve Merriam
100 Heather Has Two Mommies ~ Leslea Newman

Celebrate Banned Book Week by reading all the challenged books you can find. Discuss with your parents, your children, your teachers, your friends, your minister and the lady who cuts your hair what the themes are that someone might have objected to and why. Talk about whether you agree or not. But TALK! There’s nothing so dangerous it can’t be talked about.

And if you hear anyone suggest a book should be challenged or banned, your first question should be, “Have you read it?” If not, they don’t get to have an opinion about it.

How many of these have you read? Do you agree with the challenges?

0 thoughts on “What’s All This About Band Book Week?

  1. Jessie

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Staying Fat for Sarah Burns? I loved those books – and now I think they’re even better if they got banned! But Like Water for Chocolate? There’s nudity and not much else I could think of … people are weird. And Julie of the Wolves? People are CRAZY!

  2. Donna

    The list of books I have to read just got a LOT longer! Can you imagine banning a book (#72) about burning books??!!

  3. beckycc

    Yes, Jessie, people are weird AND crazy. I thought the same thing about Julie of the Wolves. I’ll have to go back and re-read to see what could be so controversial about it.

    Donna … I have that same renegade streak. As soon as someone tells me not to, I just gotta do it! Quite ironic about Fahrenheit 451, but as Jessie points out, people are weird and crazy.

    We don’t have to AGREE with ’em, though!

  4. Ron

    Only 3,869? The list in Alaska is probably twice that long. I’m sure there are places in the U.S. where Fahrenheit 451 would be at the top of the list.

    Defending your point of view is so much easier when opposing ideas are Verboten.

  5. beckycc

    Ron … they think that for every challenge that gets reported there are four or five that don’t. If that’s true, then the challenges are closer to 19,000. Personally, I’d like to think it was only 3,869!


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