Censorship Causes Blindness: Banned Books Giveaway!

It’s that time of year again!  This Saturday, September 25th, marks the beginning of Banned Books Week.  Unfortunately,  BBW got started a little early this year with the outrageous censorship issues in Republic, MO against Speak, Twenty Boy Summer and Slaughterhouse Five and also in Stockton, MO against The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian. 

I plan on celebrating my right to read by highlighting a different banned book each day of BBW here on my blog.  Along with discussing a selection of banned books and why they should be read, I’m holding a Banned Books Giveaway! 

The Prize: The winner will have his or her choice of two banned books (i.e. Deadline by Chris Crutcher and Crank by Ellen Hopkins)  Check here for lists of commonly banned books.  **UPDATE: Neal Shusterman, author of banned book Unwind, is sending me a signed copy of Unwind to include in the prize!  How cool is that?!**

To Enter:  All you need to do is leave a comment below naming your favorite banned book and why you think it should be read.  You may only enter once; multiple entries will be disqualified.

Rules: Sorry, but this is not an international contest.  This will be open until 10 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time)  Saturday, October 2nd.  The winner will be randomly chosen and notified by email. 

I’m looking forward to your responses!  Spread the word 🙂

***THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED***  I will post the winner soon.


  1. Harry Potter is probably my favorite of all the banned books. Why anyone would ban it is beyond me!

  2. My favorite is To Kill a Mockingbird. It teaches about tolerance.
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  3. I agree with Inspired Kathy.. I am still surprised when I hear that Harry Potter (my favorite series ever) was/is a banned book.

  4. I think And Tango Makes Three is one of the sweetest stories ever written and everyone should take the time to read it at least once.

    As far as YA books–having to pick a favorite is hard, but I agree with others who have said To Kill A Mockingbird. One of the best books ever.

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    • Mrs. Andersen says:

      And Tango Makes Three really is a sweet story. We read it in one of my Masters classes for my Reading Specialist endorsement.

      Thank you for the comment! 🙂

  5. Tristan Bishop says:

    I am completely suprised by how many books are banned! My favorite would have to be the Twilight series. They’re beautiful love stories and are banned for being too racy and they go against some religious beliefs.

    A lot of the reasons for why the books are banned make me mad. Some of the books can be helpful examples such as the book you were talking about called Living Dead Girl. People need to know that things like that really happen even ifthough that wasn’t a true story. In my opinion, if you don’t like the book don’t read it, and don’t let your child read it. It’s irritating that people are that concerned about it that they feel it needs to be banned.

  6. I can’t decide between the Harry Potter series, To Kill a Mockingbird! Harry Potter is great for any ages and it’s such a nice break from reality.

    Of course, To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my favorite classics. I just love it!

    • Mrs. Andersen says:

      There have been quite a few votes for TKAM and Harry Potter! I’m surprised no one has mentioned any of the current Y.A. titles. I am a big fan of those classics though 🙂

  7. Speak, I think, because it’s reality. It’s what happens. It’s fiction, yes, but the idea isn’t, and teens need to know that it’s okay to talk to someone. I picked it because people need it, and above all because it is anything but soft pornography.

  8. My favorite banned book is Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson; it is the most memorable novel about the aftermath of rape that I have ever read. A book that can be sensitive, powerful, and poignant at the same time is definitely something that should not be censored; it should be celebrated!

  9. I think my favorite is Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. I find it rather ironic (and frustrating and enraging) that people would ban a book on censorship.

  10. Crank is probably my favorite most recent banned book for showing the power of drug addiction and learning to speak! Also I love the Harry otter series! Thanks for this giveaway!


    • Mrs. Andersen says:

      I think Crank is this generation’s Go Ask Alice. If Crank doesn’t scare kids away from drugs, I don’t know what else would. Plus, you’ve gotta love a book (written in verse no less!) that hooks male readers 🙂

  11. My favorite Banned/Challenged Book is, without a doubt, John Green’s LOOKING FOR ALASKA. If I were a high school, even college English teacher, I’d definitely have this book as a part of my curriculum! In short, this book saved my life. Literally. Without it, I most likely wouldn’t be here right now.

    • Mrs. Andersen says:

      I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Looking for Alaska! I teach it in my Young Adult Lit class, and while some students don’t enjoy it as much as me, all of them read it and appreciate how important it is.

  12. AGh there are SO MANY banned books! And many of them I love! I just found out that Unwind has been banned! I LOVED that book, maybe one of my fave books of the year!

    • Mrs. Andersen says:

      Unwind is such an awesome book; it still baffles my mind that it’s been banned. Unfortunately, quite a few freshmen in our school fail 3rd trimester English and have to repeat it. I’m teaching two of those classes right now, and I asked my principal if I could choose two new novels for them to read. Since it’s mostly boys I chose The Hunger Games and Unwind. They can’t get enough of The Hunger Games and I hope it’s the same for Unwind.

  13. My favourite is Harry Potter. Even though that is probably the most common used for this question, I absolutely love the series. This was the series that made me love reading and want to be a writer. I was 7 when I first read it (now 20) and from the moment I started the first novel I fell in love with it. People who have not read the series should read it because they are amazing stories. It’s not all about witches and wizards, its about friendship and family and love. And due to popular belief you won’t turn Wiccan or burst into flames or whatever silly things book banners think will happen if you read it.^_^

  14. Only in the world we live in today will a diary written by a young Jewish girl, Anne Frank and a book written by a psychotic Jewish killer, Adolf Hitler, be categorized together in the same banned books list. I am just so frustrated after looking through that list; I don’t even know which ones make me the most upset. Sarah Dessen’s book Just Listen has absolutely no reason to be on that list. Since I have not yet read Speak, I can only assume that the plotline to the two books is quite similar. A young girl gets raped during high school, and the book is about her overcoming her fear of telling people about the horrific event. It is not surprising that my response is so similar to previous entries, because I completely agree. With so much pressure on teens in every aspect of life these days, any book that helps them deal through a tough issue is so helpful! I know if I were in a similar situation I would look to books as my way of escape. It is so sad to me that parents are actually becoming too lazy to get involved with their child’s life. They would rather take a book completely out of a school system instead of taking the time to actually talk to their child about what they are reading.

    • Mrs. Andersen says:

      Excellent comment, Katelynn! I wish more parents would read the books with their children because then they could have meaningful discussions. And if you haven’t already, add Speak to that massive TBR list of yours 🙂

      • So many issues would be solved if parents just took the time to read and understand the books their kids are interested in. They should at least get a good understanding of a book before they make such harsh judgments. But yes Speak has been on my TBR list for so long. I will read it someday soon!

  15. Tom Sawyer. He spits and curses and was created by Mark Twain, but really? A favorite? Impossible.

  16. Catherine Jones says:

    I would definitely say Speak. It’s such a realistic portrayal of something that, sadly, happens to many young girls. Banning it is just ridicoulous because it is just so well written and moving.

  17. I LOVED SPEAK!!!!! I think it opens an issue that some people don’t realize IS an issue. I also think that for girls who are going through that know that they can in fact speak.


  18. I think my favorite banned book would be Roll of Thunder Hear my Cry, it’s really a very realistic portrayal of racism.


  19. Haley Capra says:

    My favorite is definitely It Happened to Nancy. It’s a real girl’s journal about when she was date raped. I think it’s important for any high school student to read.

  20. My favorite banned book is The Diary of Anne Frank. I read it when I was younger and fell in love with it–someone close to my age to relate to, the heartbreak, the horror, and most of all IT REALLY HAPPENED. I couldn’t imagine what that young girl went through, when she was my age, and still re-read the book to this day.

  21. My favorite books are the Harry Potter series. They are entertaining to read for all ages. Not only that, but I truly believe that it motivated a lot of reluctant readers. Any book that gets children to read more is never a bad thing. The one I worry about now is Speak. It is such an important book.

  22. I have been reading more banned books after my attention was drawn to this problem couple years ago. My favorite is The Perks of Being A Wallflower. The idea that this book would be denied to teens is heartbreaking. It literally changed my world when I read it at 14. I saw life through Charlie’s eyes…it took my breath away to walk in someone else’s shoes who had such a different experiece in life than myself. I advocate the reading of banned books!

  23. Such a hard one. Like so many others I love Harry Potter, and think is odd that anyone would find anything in it that is worth banning. But I’m far more shocked that anyone would challenge The Diary of Anne Frank. I mean seriously it shows us a snap shot of such an important and significant time in our history and to even attempt to ban it for any reason is an attempt to hide the fact that these horrendous events occurred.

  24. In 2009 a high school in Texas banned The House of Night series by P.C. & Kristin Cast and that includes ones that haven’t been published yet. This is one of my favorite YA series. I’ve actually read it repeatedly and suffered from a reading slump after I had finished them because I couldn’t pull myself out of their world.

    • Mrs. Andersen says:

      That series is one of my guilty pleasures 🙂 I started reading it while waiting for Breaking Dawn to come out. That fall I put them on my shelf for my students and it didn’t take too long for them to discover how fun they are to read!

  25. My favorite banned book is Unwind. 🙂 I like how it is based on something that could happen in the future and how it shows every side of the situation. It shows how Unwinds help people, but also how they can’t live normal lives. It shows how parents who unwind their kids, can regret it terribly. It makes you really think about how you might handle that situation, or how you would feel if you were placed in it. I think this book should be read because it does force you to think about what could happen, and how you would handle it.

  26. I love And Tango Makes Three. Thanks for this giveaway.

  27. I like the “His Dark Material” trilogy. It’s a wonderful series you open up to Phillip Pullman’s theories and ideas. Why read a book when if you can’t listen to the ideas of the author?

    • Mrs. Andersen says:

      The Golden Compass was banned at one of my local middle schools. It happened right around the time the movie was released. The media started talking about how it’s anti-Christian… How about letting kids read something, and if they have questions, talk to them. I really don’t think too many kids read his books and then question their faith.

  28. John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. Great book.

    • As a former English Literature major this is an issue that I hold close to my heart. Nothing makes my blood boil faster than when I hear someone is trying to get a book banned. Who are you to determine what *MY* children can read. Worse than that is when someone wants to keep *ME* from reading a book. It is so hard for me to narrow this down to one book. I know that Mark Twain would be pleasantly amused over Huckleberry Finn being on the banned list. I adore Harry Potter and The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Then you have Catcher in the Rye and Lord of the Flies….ah banned books how I love you so!

      • Mrs. Andersen says:

        I feel the same way about banned books. And I guess I should have re-phrased this and said something like “Comment about a banned book you enjoy…”

  29. my favorite banned book would have to be marked from the house of night series, because it shows that you can always do anything

  30. uglicoyote says:

    There are so many to choose from and all of them worthwhile. I would probably suggest Lord of the Flies, simply because I love the lesson to be learned about tribalism and hating the other. These are lessons that seem important right now. That said, I couldn’t disagree with any of the other choices given here.

  31. Bryan Wilson says:

    To Kill A Mockingbird. Isthe greatest work of American fiction everyone should read it. I wish Atticus Finch was my father too.

  32. i have read speek, harry potter, ttyl and ttfn, all really good books i think everyone should have a chance at them


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