September 28, 2005

Homosexuality, Chocolate, and Underpants Hot-Button Issues in ’04

by Scott Rettberg · , 11:06 am

It’s Banned Books Week, and the American Library Association released the annual most challenged books list for last year. A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict library materials on the basis of the objections of a person or group. The most challenged books of 2004 were:

  1. “The Chocolate War” by Robert Cormier for sexual content, offensive language, religious viewpoint, being unsuited to age group and violence
  2. “Fallen Angels” by Walter Dean Myers, for racism, offensive language and violence
  3. “Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture” by Michael A. Bellesiles, for inaccuracy and political viewpoint
  4. Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey, for offensive language and modeling bad behavior
  5. “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky, for homosexuality, sexual content and offensive language
  6. “What My Mother Doesn’t Know” by Sonya Sones, for sexual content and offensive language
  7. “In the Night Kitchen” by Maurice Sendak, for nudity and offensive language
  8. “King & King” by Linda de Haan and Stern Nijland, for homosexuality
  9. “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou, for racism, homosexuality, sexual content, offensive language and unsuited to age group
  10. “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck, for racism, offensive language and violence