Banned Books that need to be saved

Please post titles of banned books so that we may collect them before they get burned.

How many people have read or seen the movie Fahrenheit 451? It’s Prophetic!

There are 2 versions. I have seen only the original with Oskar Werner. Excellent!!!
Have not yet seen the second version.

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Where The Wild Things Are

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These are the 176 books banned in Duval County:

At the Mountain’s Base, by Traci Sorell and Weshoyot Alvitre
Before She Was Harriet, by Lesa Cline-Ransome and James E. Ransome
Chik Chak Shabbat, by Mara Rockliff and Kyrsten Brooker
Cow on the Town: Practicing the Ow Sound, by Isabella Garcia
Dreamers, by Yuyi Morales
Dumpling Soup, by Jama Kim Rattigan, and Lillian Hsu-Flanders
Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story, by Kevin Noble Maillard and Juana Martinez-Neal
The Gift of Ramadan, by Rabiah York Lumbard and Laura K. Horton
Grandfather Tang’s Story, by Ann Tompert and Robert Andrew Parker
Hush! A Thai Lullaby, by Minfong Ho and Holly Meade
Islandborn, by Junot Díaz and Leo Espinosa
Little Night/Nochecita, by Yuyi Morales
Looking for Bongo, by Eric Velásquez

“When you ban a book like Sam! and a collection like Essential Voices, you are not just taking away books, you are silencing communities. – Dani Gabriel, author of Sam!

Lost and Found Cat : The True Story of Kunkush’s Incredible Journey by Doug Kuntz, Amy Shrodes and Sue Cornelison
Love to Mama: A Tribute To Mothers, by Pat Mora, Paula S. Barragán M.
Lubna and Pebble, by Wendy Meddour, Wendy and Daniel Egneus
My Two Dads and Me, by Michael Joosten and Izak Zenou
My Two Moms and Me, by Michael Joosten and Izak Zenou
Neither, by Airlie Anderson
Never Say a Mean Word Again: A Tale from Medieval Spain, by Jacqueline Jules and Durga Yael Bernhard
Nya’s Long Walk: A Step at a Time, by Linda Sue Park and Brian Pinkney
On Mother’s Lap, by Ann Herbert Scott and Glo Coalson
One Green Apple, by Eve Bunting and Ted Lewin
The Rough-Face Girl, by Rafe Martin and David Shannon
Running the Road to ABC, by Denize Lauture
Sulwe, by Lupita Nyong’o and Vashti Harrison
Uncle Jed’s Barber Shop, by Margaree King Mitchell and James E. Ransome
Yoko (Yoko Series), Rosemary Wells
Zen Shorts (Zen Series), by Jon J. Muth
10,000 Dresses, by Rex Ray and Marcus Ewert
14 Cows for America, by Carmen Agra Deedy, Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah and Thomas Gonzalez
Abuela, by Arthur Dorros and Elisa Kleven
All Around Us, by Xelena Gonzalez and Adriana M. Garcia
Alma and How She Got Her Name, by Juana Martinez-Neal
Amina’s Voice (Amina’s Voice Series), by Hena Kahn
And Still the Turtle Watched, by Sheila MacGill-Callahan and Barry Moser
Any Small Goodness: A Novel of the Barrio, by Tony Johnston and Raul Colon
Ashes to Asheville, by Sarah Dooley
Barbed Wire Baseball: How One Man Brought Hope to the Japanese Internment Camps of WWII, by Marissa Moss and Yuko Marissa Shimizu
The Berenstain Bears and the Big Question (The Berenstain Bears Series) by Jan and Stan Berenstain

“People can attempt to hide books like ‘I Am Jazz’ from children, but all these efforts do is punish the kids who need the information most.” – Jessica Herthel, author of I Am Jazz

The Best Man, by Richard Peck
Between Us and Abuela: A Family Story from the Border, by Mitali Perkins and Sara Palacios
Big Red Lollipop, by Rukhsana Khan and Sophie Blackall
Black Frontiers: A History of African American Heroes in the Old West, by Lillian Schlissel
The Boy of the Three-Year Nap, by Dianne Snyder and Allen Say
The Bracelet, by Yoshiko Uchida and Joanna Yardley
Brother Eagle, Sister Sky, by Chief Seattle and Susan Jeffers
Carter Reads the Newspaper, by Deborah Hopkinson and Don Tate
A Case of Sense, by Songju Ma Daemicke and Shennen Bersani
Celebrating Different Beliefs, by Steffi Cavell-Clarke
Celia Cruz, Queen of Salsa, by Veronica Chambers and Julie Maren
Climbing Lincoln’s Steps: The African American Journey, by Suzanne Slade and Colin Bootman
The Color of My Words, by Lynn Joseph
Coolies, by Yin and Chris K. Soentpiet
Crazy Horse’s Vision, by Joseph Bruchac and S.D.Nelson
Dad, Jackie, and Me, by Myron Uhlberg and Colin Bootman
Daddy, Papa, and Me, Lesléa Newman and Carol Thompson
Dash (Dogs of World War II Series), by Kirby Larson
The Day of Ahmed’s Secret, by Florence Parry Heide, Judith Heide Gilliland, and Ted Lewin
Day of the Dead, by Tony Johnston and Jeanette Winter
A Day’s Work, by Eve Bunting and Ronald Himler
Dear Juno, by Soyung Pak and Susan Kathleen Hartung
Dim Sum for Everyone! by Grace Lin
A Dog Named Haku: A Holiday Story from Nepal, by Margarita Engle, Amish Karanjit, Nicole Karanjit, and Ruth Jeyaveeran
The Double Life of Pocahontas, by Jean Fritz
A Dream Come True: Coming to America from Vietnam-1975, by M. J. Cosson
The Drinking Gourd: A Story of the Underground Railroad, by F.N. Monjo and Fred Brenner
Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music, by Margarita Engle and Rafael López
Eagle Feather, by Clyde Robert Bulla and Tom Two Arrows
Eagle Song, by Joseph Bruchac and Dan Andreasen
Early Sunday Morning, by Denene Millner and Vanessa Brantley-Newton
Encounter, by Brittany Luby and Michaela Goade
Extra Credit, by Andrew Clements, and Mark Elliott
A Family Is a Family Is a Family, by Sara O’Leary and Qin Leng
Fatty Legs: A True Story, by Christy Jordan-Fenton, Margaret Pokiak-Fenton and Liz Amini-Holmes

“FREE PEOPLE DESERVE TO READ FREELY. (Period.)” – Naomi Shihab Nye, author of The Turtle of Oman

Festival of Colors, by Surishtha Sehgal, Kabir Sehgal and Vashti Harrison
The First Strawberries, by Joseph Bruchac and Anna Vojtech
The Flag of Childhood: Poems From the Middle East Nye, Naomi Shihab
Flying the Dragon, by Natalie Dias Lorenzi
Four Feet, Two Sandals, by Karen Lynn Williams, Khadra Mohammed and Doug Chayka
Gaby, Lost and Found, by Angela Cervantes
The Garden of My Imaan, by Farhana Zia
Going Down Home with Daddy, by Kelly Starling Lyons, and Daniel Minter
The Gold-Threaded Dress, by Carolyn Marsden
Gracefully Grayson, by Ami Polonsky
Grandmama’s Pride, by Becky Birtha
The Great Migration: Journey to the North, by Eloise Greenfield and Jan Spivey Gilchrist
Hachiko: The True Story of a Loyal Dog, by Pamela S. Turner and Yan Nascimbene
A Handful of Stars, by Cynthia Lord
Henry Aaron’s Dream, by Matt Tavares
The Hero Two Doors Down: Based on the True Story of Friendship between a Boy and a Baseball Legend, by Sharon Robinson
Hiawatha and the Peacemaker, by Robbie Robertson, and David Shannon
I am Jazz, by Jazz Jennings, Jessica Herthel and Shelagh McNicholas
I See the Sun in Afghanistan, by Dedie King, Judith Inglese and Mohd Vahidi
In Our Mothers’ House, by Patricia Polacco
Indian No More, by Charlene Willing McManis, and Traci Sorell
It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel, by Firoozeh Dumas
It Began with a Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way, by Kyo Maclear and Julie Morstad
Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World, by Ashley Herring Blake
Jasmine Toguchi, Flamingo Keeper (Jasmine Toguchi Series), by Debbi Michiko Florence, and Elizabet Vukovic
Juana & Lucas (Juana and Lucas Series), by Juana Medina
Julián Is a Mermaid (Julián Series), by Jessica Love
Knots on a Counting Rope, by Bill Martin Jr., John Archambault and Ted Rand
Lailah’s Lunchbox: A Ramadan Story, by Reem Faruqi and Lea Lyon
The Legend of the Bluebonnet (Legends Series), by Tomie dePaola
The Life of Rosa Parks (Famous Lives Series), by Kathleen Connors
A Little Piece of Ground, by Elizabeth Laird, Sonia Nimr and Bill Neal
A Long Pitch Home, by Natalie Dias Lorenzi
Lost Boys, by Darcey Rosenblatt
Lucky Broken Girl, by Ruth Behar
Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel (Dyamonde Daniel Series), by Nikki Grimes, and R. Gregory Christie
Malala: A Hero for All (Step into Reading Series), by Shana Corey and Elizabeth Sayles
Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match (Marisol McDonald Series), by Monica Brown and Sara Palacios
Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968, by Alice Faye Duncan, R. Gregory Christie

“I’m past being angry about school districts banning my book. Now I’m just incredibly sad for the students. If we don’t help young people learn about and confront the painful mistakes America made in the past, how can we ever hope to progress?” – Art Coulson, author of Unstoppable: How Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team Defeated Army

The Mighty Miss Malone, by Christopher Paul Curtis
The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher (Family Fletcher Series), by Dana Alison Levy
Molly of Denali: Berry Itchy Day, by WGBH Kids
The Moon Within, by Aida Salazar
Most Valuable Players (Rip and Red Series), by Phil Bildner and Tim Probert
The Mud Pony, by Caron Lee Cohen and Shonto Begay
My Mother’s Sari, by Sandhya Rao and Nina Sabnami
My Name Is María Isabel, by Alma Flor Ada, Kathryn Dyble Thompson and Ana M. Cerro
My Name Is Sally Little Song, by Brenda Woods
Nadia’s Hands, by Karen English, Jonathan Weiner
The Name Jar, by Yangsook Choi
The Night Diary, by Veera Hiranandani
Niño Wrestles the World (Niño Series), by Yuyi Morales,
Other Words for Home, by Jasmine Warga
Pink Is for Boys, by Robb Pearlman and Eda Kaban
Pink! by Lynne Rickards and Margaret Chamberlain
Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag, by Rob Sanders and Steven Salerno
The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes, by Duncan Tonatiuh
Proud: Living My American Dream (Young Readers Edition), by Ibtihaj Muhammad
Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, by Javaka Steptoe
Roberto Clemente: Pride of the Pittsburgh Pirates, by Jonah Winter and Raúl Colón
Sadako, by Eleanor Coerr and Ed Young
Sally and The Magical Sneeze, by Simon Taylor and A.D. Lester
Sam and the Lucky Money, by Karen Chinn, Ying-Hwa Hu, and Cornelius Van Wright
Sam!, by Dani Gabriel and Robert Liu-Trujillo
The Shark King, by R. Kikuo Johnson
Sing a Song: How “Lift Every Voice and Sing” Inspired Generations, by Kelly Starling Lyons and Keith Mallett
Soccer Star, by Mina Javaherbin and Renato Alarcao
Soldier for Equality: José de la Luz Sáenz and the Great War, by Duncan Tonatiuh
Sonia Sotomayor (Women Who Broke the Rules Series), by Kathleen Krull and Angela Dominguez
The Sound of Silence, by Katrina Goldsaito and Julia Kuo
Starry River of the Sky, by Grace Lin
Stella Brings the Family, by Miriam B. Schiffer and Holly Clifton-Brown
The Stonewall Riots: Coming Out in the Street, by Gayle E. Pitman
Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution, Rob Sanders, by Jamey Christoph
A Storm Called Katrina, by Myron Uhlberg and Colin Bootman
A Sweet Smell of Roses, by Angela Johnson and Eric Velásquez
Swimming with Faith: The Missy Franklin Story (ZonderKidz Biography Series), by Natalie Davis Miller
Thank You, Jackie Robinson, by Barbara Cohen and Richard Cuffari
The List of Things That Will Not Change, by Rebecca Stead
To Night Owl from Dogfish, by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer
Thirteen Moons on Turtle’s Back: A Native American Year of Moons, by Joseph Bruchac, Jonathan Locker, Thomas London
This Place Is Not My Home, by Cyn Bermudez
Thunder Boy Jr., by Sherman Alexie and Yuyi Morales
Thunder Rose, by Jerdine Nolen and Kadir Nelson
Time to Pray, by Maha Addasi, Ned Gannon, and Nuha Albitar
Totem Tale, by Deb Vanasse, Erik Brooks
The Turtle of Oman (The Turtle of Oman Series), by Naomi Shihab Nye and Betsy Peterschmidt
Two Roads, Joseph Bruchac
Unstoppable: How Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team Defeated Army (Encounter: Narrative Nonfiction Picture Books Series), by Art Coulson and Nick Hardcastle
Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer (Unusual Chickens Series), by Kelly Jones and Katie Kath
Virgie Goes to School with Us Boys, by Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard and E.B. Lewis
We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga Traci Sorell and Frane Lessac
Were I Not a Girl: The Inspiring and True Story of Dr. James Barry, Lisa, Robinson and Lauren Simkin Berke
When Aidan Became A Brother, by Kyle Lukoff and Kaylani Juanita
When Angels Sing: The Story of Rock Legend Carlos Santana, by Michael James Mahin and José Ramirez
When Spring Comes to the DMZ, by Uk-Bae Lee
Who Is the Dalai Lama? (Who was…? Series), by Dana Meachen Rau
Wilma’s Way Home: The Life of Wilma Mankiller, by Doreen Rappaport and Linda Kukuk
Winter Candle Frame, by Ashford Jeron and Stacey Schuett
Yang the Third and Her Impossible Family (The Yang Family Series), by Lensey Namioka, Kees de Kiefte
Yang the Youngest and his Terrible Ear (The Yang Family Series), by Lensey Namioka

IMHO, they need to read their own book and ban it, because it’s loaded with pronography/smut, murder/suicide, violence, rape, incest, sodomy (oh wait, that might be under pronography)… I don’t think there is a decent story in that book.

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Saw this headline today


In a book challenge submitted to Davis School District last December, the unnamed parent called the Bible “one of the most sex-ridden books around,” according to The Salt Lake Tribune, and asked that it be removed from school shelves for review.

“I thank the Utah Legislature and Utah Parents United for making this bad faith process so much easier and way more efficient,” the parent, whose name and address were redacted, wrote. “Now we can all ban books and you don’t even need to read them or be accurate about it. Heck, you don’t even need to see the book!”

"… Utah Parents United, a conservative group that advocates for parental rights in education, has led the effort to ban the books in school districts across the state. The group’s curriculum director Brooke Stephens went so far as to file a police report claiming that 47 books available in Davis School District libraries violated state law because they contained “pornography.”

In response to the group’s efforts, Utah lawmakers passed H.B. 374, which requires public K–12 schools to remove books containing “pornographic or indecent material.”

Included in the December 11 Bible challenge was an eight-page list of passages the parent says are considered unacceptable under the law.

“Incest, onanism, bestiality, prostitution, genital mutilation, fellatio, dildos, rape, and even infanticide,” the parent, who noted that they have actually read the Bible, wrote. “You’ll no doubt find that the Bible, under Utah Code Ann. § 76-10-1227, has ‘no serious values for minors’ because it’s pornographic by our new definition.”

“Get this PORN out of our schools,” they continued. “If the books that have been banned so far are any indication for way lesser offenses, this should be a slam dunk.”

Davis School District spokesperson Christopher Williams said this week that the Bible challenge has been given to a committee to review. “We don’t differentiate between one request and another,” he said. “We see that as the work that we do.”

In their Bible challenge, the parent accuses the state of “ceding our children’s education, First Amendment Rights, and library access to a white supremacist hate group like Utah Parents United,” noting that Davis School District has been investigated for racism. A 2021 U.S. Department of Justice investigation found that the district had for years intentionally ignored “serious and widespread” racial harassment in its schools. …

UPU, is very upset and their home page has a statement decrying this effort to highlight their totalitarian, unAmerican freedoms denying, insane over reach with its intention to dictate their juvenile hollow faith onto every human in Utah:

None of the passages from the Bible meet the Bright Line Standard for pornographic content.

Not every reference to sexual activity meets the criteria for removal from a school library.

HB374 provides very clear guidelines that if there is a description or depiction of the following it is not allowed anywhere on the school grounds:
-Human genitals in a state of sexual stimulation or arousal
-Acts of human masturbation, sexual intercourse, or sodomy;
-fondling or other erotic touching of human genitals or pubic region

Mar 22, 2023 #msnbc #florida #bookban

A 100-year-old woman (also a WW2 widow) stands up against Florida’s book ban during a heated school board meeting, arguing the freedom to read is under attack.






She mentioned that the first book on her quilt is Fahrenheit 451.
Way to go Grace Linn.

What I want to understand is this incredibly weird mindset, that conservatives and so-called religious people have that says If they don’t see it, they won’t be affected (e.g. kids and books/pictures/statues). But also like for Galileo, when the church forced him to recant his support for Copernicus. Do these people actually believe that saying the sky is NOT blue will make it true? Or is it truly just a matter of control?

You got it!.. :index_pointing_at_the_viewer: :index_pointing_at_the_viewer: :index_pointing_at_the_viewer: :index_pointing_at_the_viewer:

Having control is totally valid. Parents should have a say in what books are available in their kids’ schools.

Yes, but politicians should not have a say in what books are available for adults anywhere.

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Beyond that, a bunch of religious fanatic parents don’t have the right to tell me what my kids and community are allowed to read !

What I keep wondering about these so-called American religious fascists, where do they come up with their utter contempt and disregard for all the rest of the humans living in this country?

Look at their hero politicians, people who are incapable of listening to others, or learning from others, people incapable of having intelligent civil fact based debates, people who have utter disregard and contempt for their political opponents.

That’s not how this country is supposed to work. Their’s is the fascist way, what happened to education and learning and compassion and pluralism, that is working with others.

Remember America is supposed to be the great melting pot of peoples - this political MAGA U turn into totalitarian thinking and behaving is going make our future even bleaker than what’s already built in.

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There have always been ways for parents to have their kids opt out of some lessons. Mainly, it’s not okay for one parent to tell all others that a book can’t be available.

It is a manufactured prblem.

And these morons don’t realize, you tell a kid not to do/read/think about X and they’ll want to do/read/think about X even more. Funny thing is, this has been a problem pretty much forever. Can’t remember the exact quote but Bertrand Russell said something along the lines of “You keep choo choos away from kids and tell them choo choo are bad, and they’ll want to play with toy trains even more.”

It’s ok when a lot of parents challenge others, which is what we have here.

Agreed. Banning books in public libraries or bookstores is a different story.

You had a different take on the Roald Dahl story.

Isn’t that true of most of the Extreme Right Wings pet issues.
Abortion was never an issue until Reagan and Jerry Falwell and friend manufactured it for political purposes.
Same with the hate science garbage.