Friday, September 27, 2013


Since 1982, the American Library Association (ALA) has promoted Banned Books Week. Banned or challenged books are books that have either been removed or restricted in institutions on the basis of their content.

Did you know that Harry Potter is #1 on the list of banned/challenged books from 2000-2009? Or that 5,099 challenges were reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom from 2000-2009, and include such classics as The Great Gatsby and Of Mice and Men, among others? In fact, in 2012, the number one challenged booked was Captain Underpants.

Below are some of the terms used to describe some of these banned books; click on each link to discover its true identity, you just may be surprised.

“No redeeming qualities”
"Vulgar and x-rated"
“A filthy, trashy novel”
“A filthy, filthy book”
“Makes promiscuous sex look like fun”

Celebrate your freedom to read and enjoy one of these “trashy” books.