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article imageChallenged, unsuitable or banned authors in the 21st century

By Lesley Lanir     Apr 28, 2013 in Entertainment
Chicago - Not only do the American Library Association compile lists of banned and challenged books but also lists of challenged authors. Check if your favourite author has received a challenge or complaint regarding the content of their work.
Every year the American Library Association releases its annual "State of America’s Libraries Report" and lists within that report the top ten books that have received complaints or challenges from people and groups that do not think those books are suitable for library shelves or the school curriculum. Besides contemporary favourites, many classic books have been challenged or banned in the past.
Another list the ALA compiles is that of banned or challenged authors.
The ALA explain that the most frequently challenged authors on their list may not also appear in the list of most frequently challenged books. For example, if every one of J. K. Rowling's or Judy Blume’s books was challenged just once that would not be enough challenges per book for them to be classed as a frequently challenged piece of work and for them to be added to the challenged book list. However, as authors they would end up on the challenged author list for continually receiving challenges for their books.
This is the challenged author list for the 21st century so far. Check to see if any of your favourite authors are on there and consider why they may have been challenged. Why there has been an attempt to remove their material from the curriculum or library. Those authors highlighted in bold have also written books that are on the top ten challenged books of 2012 list.
2011: Lauren Myracle, Kim Dong Hwa, Chris Crutcher, Carolyn Mackler, Robert Greene, Sonya Sones, Dori Hillestead Butler, Sherman Alexie, Suzanne Collins, Aldous Huxley, Harper Lee, Eric Jerome Dickey, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Dav Pilkey, Cecily von Ziegesar
2010: Ellen Hopkins, Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson, Sonya Sones, Judy Blume, Ann Brasheres, Suzanne Collins, Aldous Huxley, Sherman Alexie, Laurie Halse Anderson, Natasha Friend
2009: Lauren Myracle, Alex Sanchez, P.C. Cast, Robert Cormier, Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson, Stephen Chbosky, Chris Crutcher, Ellen Hopkins, Richelle Mead, John Steinbeck
2008: Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson, Philip Pullman, Lauren Myracle, Jim Pipe, Alvin Schwartz, Chris Crutcher, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Rudolfo Anaya, Stephen Chbosky, Cecily Von Ziegesar
2007: Robert Cormier, Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson, Mark Twain, Toni Morrison, Philip Pullman, Kevin Henkes, Lois Lowry, Chris Crutcher, Lauren Myracle, Joann Sfar
2006: Chris Crutcher, Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, Toni Morrison, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Cecily von Ziegesar, Carolyn Mackler, Alvin Schwartz, Stephen Chbosky, Alex Sanchez, Judy Blume
2005: Judy Blume, Robert Cormier, Chris Crutcher, Robie Harris, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Toni Morrison, J. D. Salinger, Lois Lowry, Marilyn Reynolds, and Sonya Sones.
2004: Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Robert Cormier, Judy Blume, Toni Morrison, Chris Lynch, Barbara Park, Gary Paulsen, Dav Pilkey, Maurice Sendak, and Sonya Sones.
2003: Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, J. K. Rowling, Robert Cormier, Judy Blume, Katherine Paterson, John Steinbeck, Walter Dean Myers, Robie Harris, Stephen King, and Louise Rennison.
2002: J.K. Rowling, Judy Blume, Robert Cormier, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Stephen King, Lois Duncan, S.E. Hinton, Alvin Schwartz, Maya Angelou, Roald Dahl, and Toni Morrison.
2001: J. K. Rowling, Robert Cormier, John Steinbeck, Judy Blume, Maya Angelou, Robie Harris, Gary Paulsen, Walter Dean Myers, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, and Bette Greene.
They also list authors of 'color' whose work has been continually challenged in the past, find out here if your favourite author is on that list too.
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