• "A Light in the Attic" Shel Silverstein
  • "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret" Judy Blume
  • "Anastasia Krupnik" Lois Lowry
  • "Final Exit" Derek Humphry
  • "Girls and Sex" Wardell Pomeroy PhD
  • "Jack" A.M. Homes
  • "Deenie" Judy Blume
  • "The Chocolate War" Robert Cormier
  • "A Day No Pigs Would Die" Robert Newton Peck
  • "Alice" Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • "American Psycho" Bret Easton Ellis
  • "The Boy Who Lost His Face" Louis Sachar
  • "Bridge to Terabithia" Katherine Paterson
  • "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" Mark Twain
  • "How to East Fried Worms" Thomas Rockwell
  • "Bumps in the Night" Harry Allard
  • "Blubber" Judy Blume
  • "Native Son" Richard Wright
  • "Carrie" Stephen King
  • "Asking About Sex and Growing Up" Joanna Cole
  • "Flowers for Algernon" Daniel Keyes
  • "It's Perfectly Normal" Robie H Harris
  • "Running Loose" Chris Crutcher
  • "Of Mice and Men" John Steinbeck
  • "Jump Ship to Freedom" James Lincoln Collier
  • "Heather Has Two Mommies" Leslea Newman
  • "Fallen Angels" Walter Dean Myers
  • "In the Night Kitchen" Maurice Sendak
  • "More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" Alvin Schwartz
  • "On My Honor" Marion Dane Bauer
  • "Sex" Madonna
  • "The Catcher in the Rye" J.D. Salinger
  • "The House of the Spirits" Isabel Allende
  • "Beloved" Toni Morrison
  • "The Headless Cupid" Zipha Keatley Snyder
  • "Summer of My German Soldier" Bette Greene
  • "Athletic Shorts" Chris Crutcher
  • "The Shelters of Stone" Jean M Auel
  • "Ordinary People" Judith Guest
  • "Daddy's Roomate" Michael Willhoite
  • "The Drowning of Stephan Jones" Bette Greene
  • "Cross Your Fingers, Spit in Your Hat" Alvin Schwartz
  • "Guess What?" Mem Fox
  • "Goosebumps" R.L. Stine
  • "Julie of the Wolves" Jean Craighead George
  • "The Color Purple" Alice Walker
  • "Killing Mr. Griffin" Lois Duncan
  • "Brave New World" Aldous Huxley
  • "The Bluest Eye" Toni Morrison
  • "Crazy Lady" Jane Leslie Conly
  • "The New Joy of Gay Sex" Dr. Charles Silverstein
  • "We All Fall Down" Robert Cormier
  • "Annie on My Mind" Nancy Garden
  • "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" Mark Twain
  • "Mommie Laid an Egg" Babette Cole
  • "The Arizona Kid" Ronald Koertge
  • "Always Running" Luis J. Rodriguez
  • "The Goats" Brock Cole
  • "Go Ask Alice" Anonymous
  • "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" J.K. Rowling
  • "To Kill a Mockingbird" Harper Lee
  • "Bless Me, Ultima" Rudolfo Anaya
  • "Boys and Sex" Wardell Pomeroy PhD
  • "The Anarchist Cookbook" William Powell
  • "The Stupids Have a Ball" Harry Allard
  • "A Wrinkle in Time" Madeleine L'Engle
  • "My Brother Sam is Dead" James Lincoln Collier
  • "Kaffir Boy" Mark Mathabane
  • "The Dead Zone" Stephen King
  • "Sex Education" Jenny Davis
  • "Little Black Sambo" Helen Bannerman
  • "Women on Top" Nancy Friday
  • "The Giver" Lois Lowry
  • "The Face on the Milk Carton" Caroline B Cooney
  • "Where Did I Come From?" Peter Mayle
  • "The Outsiders" S.E. Hinton
  • "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" Maya Angelou
  • "James and the Giant Peach" Roald Dahl
  • "Halloween ABC" Eve Merriam
  • "The Great Gilly Hopkins" Katherine Paterson
  • "The Terrorist" Caroline B Cooney
  • "Forever" Judy Blume
  • "Song of Solomon" Toni Morrison
  • "Slaughterhouse-Five" Kurt Vonnegut
  • "The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty" A.N. Roquelaure
  • "The Pigman" Paul Zindel
  • "Fade" Robert Cormier
  • "Private Parts" Howard Stern
  • "The What's Happening to My Body Book for Boys" Lynda Madaras
  • "The Handmaid's Tale" Margaret Atwood
  • "Lord of the Flies" William Golding
  • "The What's Happening to My Body Book for Girls" Lynda Madaras
  • "The View from the Cherry Tree" Willo Davis Roberts
  • "The Pillars of the Earth" Ken Follett
  • "Where's Waldo?" Martin Handford
  • "The Witches" Roald Dahl
  • "Tiger Eyes" Judy Blume
  • "Family Secrets" Norma Klein
  • "Cujo" Stephen King

Banned Books Week Banner

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During Banned Books Week, we show our support of the intellectual freedom and the freedom to read. One of the reccuring images we have used each year is this banner we created with 99 of the 100 most banned books for the years 1990-2000. There are a surprising number of literary classics, children's books and books we've all grown up reading at home, in the library and at school. Authors like Roald Dahl, Stephen King, Judy Blume and Chris Crutcher even have several titles on this list!

Can you figure out which book is missing? (lulu852 was the first to guess the answer HERE.)

What is your favorite Banned Book?
How many have you read?
Pretty soon the list for years 2000-2010 will be released, what are your guesses about the books we'll see on that list? One thing we're fairly certain of, Harry Potter (series) will feature pretty high on the list!

Check out this incredible short film David Jewell made teasing the full-length documentary online!

Your library will always support your choice to read, and your choice to not read any of these books. We feel the best way to support your freedom to read is to make sure no one else makes that choice for you. Stop by your local library and enjoy your freedoms, and all that the library has to offer!

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  1. therealshawnshawn 60 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Political Art Now, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  2. imightbeapryl 60 months ago | reply

    Hello. My summer plans include reading/re-reading as many banned books as I can. I would love to be able to post your art work on my blog...i would of course give you full credit for it. Please let me know if you have any objections.


  3. DaniL_15 60 months ago | reply

    I'm in grade 9 and I've already read most of those books.
    Also, at least 10 of those books are part of my schools curriculum (The Giver, Catcher in the Rye, Lord of the Flies...). I guess Canada has less "censorship" than the US.

  4. DML East Branch 60 months ago | reply

    Keep supporting intellectual freedom, and the freedom to choose for yourself and your children! There have been some pretty disappointing events taking place recently in West Bend WI - Link -

    Our hearts go out to the community and the library in West Bend. The best way to support your freedom to read is to make sure no one else makes that choice for you.

  5. PoniesOnSpeed 59 months ago | reply

    Wow, I've read NINE of those books

  6. kimarama 59 months ago | reply

    I very recently started a blog about banned books. You can find it here: thedailybanning.blogspot.com/

    I would love to use your photo of the banned books shaped like a flag as the banner for my blog. Photo credit would be provided to you. Please let me know if this is acceptable or if you have terms for use, etc.

  7. Joe Ekaitis 59 months ago | reply

    Oh, the irony.

    Your humble author was told his traditionally published book is unfit for library acquisition because it wasn't approved by magazines like American Library Association (ALA) Booklist, School Library Journal and Publisher's Weekly.

    So, who's REALLY banning books these days?

  8. DML East Branch 59 months ago | reply

    @Joe Ekaitis
    I'm sorry to hear that the library you spoke with wasn't able to purchase copies of your book. I can't speak to their specifics, but it sounds like they're limited in the amount of materials they can purchase, and prefer to hold to purchasing materials that are reviewed in critical review journals. Keep asking around and I'm sure you'll find plenty of libraries that will purchase copies of your book.

    @DaniL_15 and @VintageCheese
    Great! The best thing we can do to remove the taboo of these books being challenged is to read them and understand them.

  9. Joe Ekaitis 58 months ago | reply

    DML East Branch:

    Actually, I tried to donate the books. Another librarian, who accepted a copy for his own branch, says it's standard operating procedure for system-wide acquisitions: no review, no consideration at all. And since a dozen or so media conglomerates get all the review space in most issues of the library review magazines, books from independent royalty-paying publishers are effectively and summarily banned. The whole thing turns Banned Books Week into a seven-day exercise in self-congratulatory hypocrisy.

  10. POONDOG64 56 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called NO WORLD FOR TOMORROW, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  11. ohsodramatic08 54 months ago | reply

    they BANNED Where's Waldo?!

  12. sherylmcfarlane 43 months ago | reply

    What an amazing picture. Very cool & very powerful. Love it.

  13. LIL el ron 39 months ago | reply

    whats the big deal of it its just the end of the world

    lol check out some art i got on the subject dope shit shure to please

  14. Églantine 32 months ago | reply

    Amazing the books that have been banned! I have read many of them!

  15. KeliseT 32 months ago | reply

    Hi, I am an admin for the blog Thoughts of PR Sarkar. I thought your photo was great and have used it in a post. We have created a link back to this page and credited the photo to you. Thanks Kelise

  16. hmboo Electrician and Adventurer 29 months ago | reply

    Who banned this Books?
    I'm not american

  17. jagslibrary 15 months ago | reply

    Can I have permission to use this on my library blog with full attribution? librarymusings.weebly.com?

    Love the banner...Love the books....

  18. DML East Branch 8 months ago | reply

    6 years in and you've rallied around this symbol of the freedom of speech by adding it to 17 galleries, with 83 comments left on this image, favorited it 204 times with 50,000+ views and counting!

    Everyone is free to:
    Share — to copy, distribute and transmit the work
    Remix — to adapt the work

    Under the following conditions:
    Attribution — You must attribute the work to the Dayton Metro Library and link back to this page on flickr.
    Noncommercial — You may not use this work for commercial purposes.
    Share Alike — If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same or similar license to this one.

  19. CSUF Pollak Library 7 months ago | reply

    Wonderful graphic! We used and modified for our 2013 Banned Books Student Social Media Contest (same CC terms): libraryblogs.fullerton.edu/2013/09/25/csuf-students-win-c...

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