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Banned Books

Observed since 1982, this annual event celebrates the First Amendment and reminds Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted.

10 Most Challenged Books of 2005

Courtesy of the American Library Association (ALA)

It's Perfectly Normal It's Perfectly Normal by Robie H. Harris and Michael Emberley Forever Forever by Judy Blume
The Catcher in the Rye The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger The Chocolate War The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
Whale Talk Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher Detour for Emmy by Marilyn Reynolds
What My Mother Doesn't Know What My Mother Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones The Adventures of Captain Underpants Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey
Crazy Lady! Crazy Lady! by Jane Leslie Conly It's So Amazing! It's So Amazing! A Book about Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families by Robie H. Harris

Off the list this year, but on for several years past, are

The Agony of Alice The Alice series of books by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Of Mice and Men Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck and
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.

Top Ten Challenged Authors 1990 to 2004

1. Alvin Schwartz
2. Judy Blume
3. Robert Cormier
4. J.K. Rowling
5. Michael Willhoite
6. Katherine Paterson
7. Stephen King
8. Maya Angelou
9. R.L. Stine
10. John Steinbeck

In 2005 the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom received a total of 405 challenges. A challenge is a formal, written complaint, filed with a library or school requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness.

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