Banned & Challenged Books

These are titles that have been either banned or challenged in libraries and classrooms across the country.
  • Chapter Books for Use with Grades 2-5
  • Picture Books
  • Print Resources
  • Websites

Chapter Books for Use with Grades 2-5

These books might be used for students to read or for teachers to read aloud to their class.

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Blume, Judy. (1970). Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. New York: Dell Pub Co.

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Blume, Judy. (1974). Blubber. New York: Dell Pub. Co.

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Carroll, Lewis. (1832 - 1898). Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. London: Puffin.

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Curtis, Christopher Paul. (1995). The Watsons Go to Birmingham. New York: Dell Laurel Leaf.

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Dahl, Roald. (1985). The BFG. New York: Scholastic.

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Dahl, Roald. (1964). Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. New York: Bantam Books.

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Dahl, Roald. (1993). The Enormous Crocodile. New York: Puffin Books.

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Dahl, Roald. (2007). James and the Giant Peach. New York: Puffin Books.

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Dahl, Roald. (1990). Matilda. New York: Puffin Books .

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Hitzhugh, Louise. (2000). Harriet the Spy. New York: Delacorte Press.

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Kinney, Jeff. (various). Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.

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Naylor, Phyllis. (1992). Shiloh. New York: Dell.

Park, Barbara. (various). Junie B. Jones series. Publishing information.

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Paterson, Katherine. (1995). Bridge to Terabithia. New York: Scholastic.

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Patron, Susan. (2007). The Higher Power of Lucky. New York: Scholastic.

Pilkey, Dav. (various). The Adventures of Captain Underpants series. Publishing Information.

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Woodyard, Chris. (2003). Haunted Ohio V: 200 Years of Ghosts. Dayton, OH: Kestrel Publications.

Picture Book

Books used at the Banned Books/Intellectual Freedom discussion in the ERC were pulled from this list of titles:

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Adoff, Arnold. (1985). The cabbages are chasing the rabbits. Illustrated by Janet Stevens. San Diego, CA: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.

Available at Dunbar Library PZ7 .A413 Bu 1996 Check Availability
Allard, Harry. (1979). Bumps in the night. Illustrated by James Marshall. New York: Bantam/Dell.

Available at Dunbar Library PZ7 .A413 St 1981 Check Availability
Allard, Harry. (1981). The Stupids die. Illustrated by James Marshall. New York: Houghton Mifflin.

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Allard, Harry. (1978). The Stupids have a ball. Illustrated by James Marshall. New York: Houghton Mifflin.

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Allard, Harry. (1974). The Stupids step out. Illustrated by James Marshall. New York: Houghton Mifflin.

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Baker, Keith. (1990). Who Is the beast? San Diego: Harcourt Brace/Trumpet Club.
NOTE: The c1990b book is in Big Book format.

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Bishop, Claire Huchet. (1938). The five Chinese brothers. Illustrated by Kurt Wiese. New York: Coward-McCann/Penguin Putnam.

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Brannen, Sarah S. (2008). Uncle Bobby's wedding. New York: G.P. Putnam's.

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Cole, Babette. (1993). Mommy laid an egg. San Francisco: Chronicle Books.

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Cole, Joanna. (1983). Bony-legs. Illustrated by Dirk Zimmer. New York: Scholastic.

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deHaan, Linda & Nijland, Stern. (2000). King & King. Berkeley/Toronto: Tricycle Press.

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Feelings, Muriel. (1981). Jambo means hello. Illustrated by Tom Feelings. New York: Dial Press.

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Fox, Mem. (1988). Guess what? Illustrated by Vivienne Goodman. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.

Available at Dunbar Library PZ8.1 .G14 Ta 1977 Check Availability
Galdone, Joanna. (1977). The Tailypo: a ghost story. Illustrated by Paul Galdone. New York: Houghton Mifflin/Clarion.

Available at Dunbar Library PZ8 .G882 Han 1980 Check Availability
Grimm, Jakob. (1980). Hansel & Gretel. Illustrated by Susan Jeffers. New York: Dial Press.

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Grimm, Jakob. (1983). Little Red Riding Hood. Illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman. New York: Holiday House.

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Grimm, Jakob. (1972). Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Translated by Randall Jarrell. Illustrated by Nancy Elkholm Burkert. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux.

ERC Non-Circulating.
Handford, Martin. (1987). Where's Waldo? Cambridge: Candlewick Press.
The first edition of this title is the one that has been challenged. A close-up photo of the offending artwork can be found on:

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Jonas, Ann. (1990). Aardvarks, disembark! New York: Greenwillow Books.

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Kellogg, Steven. (1979). Pinkerton, behave! New York: Dial Press.

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Kotzwinkle, William & Glenn Murray. (2001). Walter the farting dog. Illustrated by Audrey Colman. Berkeley, CA: Frog, Ltd.

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Kuskin, Karla. (1986). The Dallas Titans get ready for bed. Illustrated by Marc Simont. New York: Harper & Row.

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Lawson, Robert. (1940). They were strong and good. New York: Viking Press.

ERC Non-Circulating.
Lionni, Leo. (1975). In the rabbitgarden. New York: Pantheon.

ERC Non-Circulating.
Mayer, Mercer. (1976). Liza Lou and the Yeller Belly Swamp. New York: Parents Press.

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McKissack, Patricia C. (1988). Mirandy and Brother Wind. Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.

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Merriam, Eve. (1987). Halloween ABC. Illustrations by Lane Smith.

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Mochizuki, Ken. (1993). Baseball saved us. Illustrations by Dom Lee. New York: Lee & Low Books.

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Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes. (1913). Illustrated by Arthur Rackham. New York: Viking Press.

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Newman, Leslea. (1989). Heather has two mommies. Illustrated by Diana Souza. Los Angeles: Alyson Wonderland.

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Pitman, Gayle E. (2014). This Day in June. Washington, DC: Magination Press.

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Richardson, Justin & Parnell, Peter. (2005). And Tango makes three. Illustrated by Henry Cole. New York: Simon & Schuster.

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Ringgold, Faith. (1991). Tar Beach. New York: Crown.

Available at Dunbar Library PZ8.1 .S399 Gh 1993 Check Availability
Schwartz, Alvin. (1991). Ghosts! Ghostly tales from folklore. New York: HarperCollins.

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Sendak, Maurice. (1970). In the night kitchen. New York: HarperCollins.

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Sendak, Maurice. (1976). Some Swell Pup, or Are You Sure You Want a Dog? New York: Farrar Straus Giroux.

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Seuss, Dr. (1971). The Lorax. New York: Random House.

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Steig, William. (1976). The amazing bone. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux.

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Steig, William. (1969). Sylvester and the magic pebble. New York: Simon & Schuster.

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Timberlake, Amy. (2003). The Dirty Cowboy. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux.

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Turkle, Brinton. (1981). Do Not Open. New York: E.P. Dutton.

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Ungerer, Tomi. (1971). The Beast of Monsieur Racine. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

ERC Non-Circulating.
Wells, Rosemary. (1988). Shy Charles. New York: Viking Press.

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Willhoite, Michael. (1990). Daddy's roommate. Los Angeles: Alyson Wonderland.

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Williams, Garth. (1958). The rabbits' wedding. New York: Harper & Row.

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Winter, Jeanette. (2005). The Librarian of Basra. Orlando, FL: Harcourt, Inc.

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Wood, Audrey. 1988). Elbert's bad word. Illustrated by Don Wood. San Diego: Harcourt Brace & Co.

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Yashima, Taro. (1955). Crow boy. New York: Viking Press.

Professional Resources

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Adams, H.R. (2008). Ensuring intellectual freedom and access to information in the school library media program. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited.
Examines issues of intellectual freedom faced by school library media specialists, discussing such topics as material selection policies, censorship, access to Internet resources, and the First Admindment rights of minors.

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Doyle, R.P. (2010). Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read. Chicago: American Library Association.
The seminal work on censorship, Doyle lists hundreds of books that have been banned or challenged across the U.S., giving examples of reasons for the challenge and disposition of the work. NOTE: Reference copy does not check out.

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Fletcher-Spear, K. & Tyler, K., ed. (2014) Intellectual freedom for teens: A practical guide for young adult and school librarians. Chicago: ALA.
Every year, more and more titles that are challenged are either YA books or adult books that are frequently read by teens. It's important for those who work with YA books to understand the types of challenges occurring in libraries around the nation and to be ready to deal with such challenges when they occur. Professional.

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Intellectual freedom manual. (2015). Chicago: American Library Association.
Compiled by the Office for Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association, this manual provides practical advice to librarians on how to apply principles of intellectual freedom. It first presents the Library Bill of Rights of the American Library Association and discusses its interpretation in a broad array of contexts. it also presents other ALA policy statements on library access, privacy, and related issues, including the Code of Ethics. Finally it includes essays on intellectual freedom and the law and on preserving, protecting, and working for intellectual freedom.

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Kravitz, N. (2002). Censorship and the school library media center. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited.
This essential text presents censored materials, censorship incidents, court cases, and federal legislation, including the Children's Internet Protection Act.

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Reichman, H. (2001). Censorship and selection: Issues and answers for schools, 3rd ed. Chicago: American Library Association.
Harry Potter has joined Huck Finn as a target for banishment from U.S. schools. In this update of his 1993 discussion of the contentious issues of school censorship and selection, Reichman includes a school system preparedness checklist, ALA Library Bill of Rights, a workbook for selection policy writing, sample policy, guidelines for student publications, advice for treating concerns about library holdings, national resources, and summaries of legal cases (1969-98).

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Scales, P.R. (2015). Books under fire: A hit list of banned and challenged children's books. Chicago: American Library Association.
This book is meant to be a resource for librarians and teachers for their own professional growth, and to use as a tool to help young readers become aware of the social issues that are most often at the center of the majority of book challenges for children. Professional.

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Scales, P.R. (2009). Protecting intellectual freedom in your school library. Chicago: American Library Association.
Writing for elementary-high school librarians in the U.S., Scales explores key issues of intellectual freedom through the presentation of case materials and policy advice. Chapters cover materials selection, library management and programs, library access, labeling and privacy, and Internet access.


Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read
Website hosted by the American Library Association, centered around Banned Books Week -- an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment, held usually during the last week of September. Also found here are lists of frequently challenged titles and background about challenges to library materials.

ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom
Office within the American Library Association charged with implementing policies concerning the concept of intellectual freedom as embodied in ALA's Library Bill of Rights.

National Coalition Against Censorship
Founded in 1974, this group of 50 national no-for-profit organizations aim to educate and mobilize the community against acts of censorship.

Reporting Challenges: A Quick How-to
A representative from the ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom explains how to report a challenge and what is done with the information. (2:30 min.)