Attack of the Banned Authors! Week Three
This week’s banned books blog (Week 1 and Week 2 here) deals with some of the most banned authors in America. These are authors where a very large number of their books have been banned, and as soon as a new one comes out, it faces increased scrutiny. J.K. Rowling has not quite made the list yet, but if she keeps writing, she will soon. Here are the authors:
Judy Blume: Blume has written a great deal of books for children, including Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret and Superfudge. In America, 13 of her books have been challenged or banned in over 100 schools and public libraries, for reasons including the fact that “bad is never punished. Good never comes to the fore. Evil is triumphant.”
Chris Crutcher: Crutcher is a very accomplished author, writing 10 books for youth and teens, including his latest, Sledding Hill. Crutcher sets a record by having every single book that he has written be banned or challenged somewhere in the country, including 6 of his books banned in the past year. Language, the authentic depiction of racism, and homosexual characters are the elements most often challenged in a Chris Crutcher book. Read more about him, and the challenges to his books, at his website.
Tune in next week for the conclusion of this series, and information on where you can go to learn more about the censorship of books in schools and libraries.