(Almost) Wordless Wednesday: My Favorite Banned Books

My (almost) Wordless Wednesday tribute to just five of my favorite frequently challenged or banned books, in honor of this week’s celebration of our Freedom to Read. I’ve chosen just one of the numerous recent challenges provided by the American Library Association.

Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison

  • Removed from required reading lists and library shelves in the Richmond County, GA. School District (1994) after a parent complained that passages from the book are “filthy and inappropriate.”

The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

  • Challenged at the Baptist College in Charleston, SC (1987) because of “language and sexual references in the book.”

To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

  • Challenged at the Brentwood, TN Middle School (2006) because the book contains “profanity” and “contains adult themes such as sexual intercourse, rape, and incest.”  The complainants also contend that the book’s use of racial slurs promotes “racial hatred, racial division, racial separation, and promotes white supremacy.”

The Color Purple, by Alice Walker

  • Challenged as appropriate reading for Oakland, CA High School honors class (1984) due to the work’s “sexual and social explicitness” and its “troubling ideas about race relations, man’s relationship to God, African history, and human sexuality.”

Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck

  • Banned from the George County, MS schools (2002) because of profanity. Challenged in the Normal, IL Community High Schools (2003) because the books contains “racial slurs, profanity, violence, and does not represent traditional values.”

All images of book covers are from Goodreads.

What are your favorite banned books?

11 thoughts on “(Almost) Wordless Wednesday: My Favorite Banned Books

  1. Love all of these books!! Special place in my heart for Toni Morrison’s books. Song of Solomon was the 2nd book I read at university. Loved it! The first was The Bluest Eye. If we got rid of all of the banned books, my word what would be left to read? Fifty shades of Grey – a copy sold every minute. Argghhhh! Give me some oxygen. I can’t breathe.


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