Thursday, September 29, 2005

Coley has a new Book list

So, Jen sent me this list yesterday, and Easy from gloryroad gave me this idea. The American Library Association just published the 100 Most Challenged Books from 1990-2000. After scanning the list, I realized I hadn't read as many as I thought. So now I have a new reading list.

Here's the problem with "challenging" books: no sane person has ever been harmed by reading literature. The more information you give children, the better equipped they will be to make decisions. The answer is not to ban certain books for your children. The answer is to TALK to your children about the books they are reading. So, now for the fun part. Below is the list with the one's I've read in bold.

Check out the list here.
  1. Scary Stories (Series) by Alvin Schwartz
  2. Daddy’s Roommate by Michael Willhoite
  3. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  4. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
  5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  6. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  7. Harry Potter (Series) by J.K. Rowling
  8. Forever by Judy Blume
  9. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  10. Alice (Series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  11. Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman

  12. My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier

  13. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

  14. The Giver by Lois Lowry

  15. It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris

  16. Goosebumps (Series) by R.L. Stine

  17. A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck

  18. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

  19. Sex by Madonna

  20. Earth’s Children (Series) by Jean M. Auel

  21. The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson

  22. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

  23. Go Ask Alice by Anonymous

  24. Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers

  25. In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak

  26. The Stupids (Series) by Harry Allard

  27. The Witches by Roald Dahl

  28. The New Joy of Gay Sex by Charles Silverstein

  29. Anastasia Krupnik (Series) by Lois Lowry

  30. The Goats by Brock Cole

  31. Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane

  32. Blubber by Judy Blume

  33. Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan

  34. Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam

  35. We All Fall Down by Robert Cormier

  36. Final Exit by Derek Humphry

  37. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

  38. Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George

  39. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

  40. What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Girls: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Daughters by Lynda Madaras

  41. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  42. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  43. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  44. The Pigman by Paul Zindel
  45. Bumps in the Night by Harry Allard
  46. Deenie by Judy Blume
  47. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  48. Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden
  49. The Boy Who Lost His Face by Louis Sachar
  50. Cross Your Fingers, Spit in Your Hat by Alvin Schwartz
  51. A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
  52. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  53. Sleeping Beauty Trilogy by A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice)
  54. Asking About Sex and Growing Up by Joanna Cole
  55. Cujo by Stephen King
  56. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
  57. The Anarchist Cookbook by William Powell
  58. Boys and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy
  59. Ordinary People by Judith Guest
  60. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
  61. What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Boys: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Sons by Lynda Madaras
  62. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
  63. Crazy Lady by Jane Conly
  64. Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher
  65. Fade by Robert Cormier
  66. Guess What? by Mem Fox
  67. The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
  68. The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney
  69. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  70. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  71. Native Son by Richard Wright
  72. Women on Top: How Real Life Has Changed Women’s Fantasies by Nancy Friday
  73. Curses, Hexes and Spells by Daniel Cohen
  74. Jack by A.M. Homes
  75. Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo A. Anaya
  76. Where Did I Come From? by Peter Mayle
  77. Carrie by Stephen King
  78. Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume
  79. On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer
  80. Arizona Kid by Ron Koertge
  81. Family Secrets by Norma Klein
  82. Mommy Laid An Egg by Babette Cole
  83. The Dead Zone by Stephen King
  84. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  85. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
  86. Always Running by Luis Rodriguez
  87. Private Parts by Howard Stern
  88. Where’s Waldo? by Martin Hanford
  89. Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene
  90. Little Black Sambo by Helen Bannerman
  91. Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
  92. Running Loose by Chris Crutcher
  93. Sex Education by Jenny Davis
  94. The Drowning of Stephen Jones by Bette Greene
  95. Girls and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy
  96. How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
  97. View from the Cherry Tree by Willo Davis Roberts
  98. The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
  99. The Terrorist by Caroline Cooney
  100. Jump Ship to Freedom by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier

    “[I]t’s not just the books under fire now that worry me. It is the books that will never be written. The books that will never be read. And all due to the fear of censorship. As always, young readers will be the real losers.” — Judy Blume

It's time to utilize the Public Library and get on it. I hope ya'll do the same.

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