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The Most Banned And Challenged Books Of 2013

AP | HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 04.16.2014 | Books

NEW YORK (AP) — The potty humor of "Captain Underpants" children's books and the mature exploration of race and family violence by Nobel laureate To...

Common Core, Capitalism and New York State's Social Studies Framework

Alan Singer | Posted 03.21.2014 | Politics
Alan Singer

Contrary to Common Core-aligned curriculum that declares "free enterprise the pillar of the United States economy," I cannot find free enterprise described in any of the "founding" documents, or imbedded in the Constitution, of the United States.

The Doniger Controversy and the Need for Hindu Theologians

Anantanand Rambachan | Posted 03.10.2014 | Religion
Anantanand Rambachan

The need for Hindu theologians is indispensable. In their absence, the gap will be filled by many who lack training -- classically or academically -- who do a disservice to the theological universality.

The Deep Web Is Filled With Drugs, Porn And ... Book Lovers(!)

The Huffington Post | Betsy Isaacson | Posted 01.31.2014 | Technology

When the FBI arrested the mastermind behind “Silk Road,” the world’s largest online black market for drugs, they gummed up a beloved tradition o...

Book Bannings Are On The Rise

Posted 12.23.2013 | Books

It's been a busy year for The Kids’ Right to Read Project. The anti-censorship organization's coordinator, Acacia O'Connor, recently revealed that s...

Gatekeepers Beware, the Closet Doors Are Open

Sean Savoy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Sean Savoy

In America we celebrate many liberties, among them the freedom to publish. The logical consequence of the right to produce books is the freedom to read. Now, this may be a "chicken or egg" dilemma, but whichever way you look at it, one action should naturally follow the other.

ReThink Review: The Book Thief -- Do We Need More Holocaust Movies?

Jonathan Kim | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Is it possible that all the lessons of World War II have been learned and there are no new stories left to tell? And does this explain The Book Thief, which follows an orphaned girl in a World War II-era German village, feels so mawkish and unnecessary?

Arizona Education Dept. Liked It Better When These Books Were Banned

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 10.30.2013 | Latino Voices

The Arizona Education Department is objecting to the Tucson school board’s decision to rescind a classroom ban on seven books once used to teach a c...

Sex, Violence and Devils: Ten Books That Shocked the World

Sara Nelson | Posted 11.30.2013 | Books
Sara Nelson

While it may seem tame by today's standards, D.H. Lawrence's classic tale of a gamekeeper and a Lady was so outrageous on the topics of sex and class that it wasn't allowed to be published legally in this country until 1959, 30 years after it first surfaced in Europe.

Fascinating Mug Shots Of Characters From Banned Books (IMAGES)

Posted 09.27.2013 | Books

Banned Books Week is well underway -- we hope you're celebrating accordingly by reading Ralph Ellison's "Invisible Man," J.D. Salinger's "Catcher in t...

Sharing Your Truth

PEN American Center | Posted 11.23.2013 | Books
PEN American Center

Do people need protecting from art? I don't think so. Art starts a dialogue with those who come into contact with it. It doesn't attack you or force you to see things from its perspective.

Book for Kids Raises Eyebrows Over Young Gay Character

Tim Federle | Posted 11.23.2013 | Gay Voices
Tim Federle

Shortly after Better Nate Than Ever was released earlier this year, a pattern began to emerge: Librarians who had loved the book and invited me to visit their students were suddenly canceling those visits, backing out for fear of parental backlash.

7 Reasons Your Favorite Books Were Banned

Maddie Crum | Posted 09.22.2013 | Books

Risqué-averse readers, cover your ears. Sunday marked the beginning of this year's National Banned Books Week, for which libraries and bookstores acr...

Legendary Novel Banned From School Libraries

Posted 09.19.2013 | Black Voices

A lack of "literary value" has apparently left Ralph Ellison's landmark 1952 novel, Invisible Man banned from school libraries in Randolph County, N.C...

Erotic Passage Got This Book Banned

The Huffington Post | Posted 09.23.2013 | Latino Voices

Parental complaints concerning an erotic excerpt in Cuban-American author Cristina García’s critically-acclaimed novel “Dreaming in Cuban” has ...

Sex and the Novelist

Warren Adler | Posted 09.25.2013 | Books
Warren Adler

When I first began writing novels, I used to think a lot about sex. It was, of course, before everything changed.

Why I Banned A Book

Scott DiMarco | Posted 09.18.2013 | Books
Scott DiMarco

I am a seasoned librarian and academic library director and a supporter of free speech and democracy, but I banned a book.

Indiana's Anti-Howard Zinn Witch-hunt

Bill Bigelow | Posted 09.18.2013 | Politics
Bill Bigelow

As someone who spent almost 30 years as a high school history teacher, I'm amused by the impoverished pedagogical vision embedded by Mitch Daniels.

Newspaper Reveals Which Books Parents Most Often Request To Be Banned

The Huffington Post | Jessica Samakow | Posted 07.17.2013 | Parents

A newspaper in Alabama has collected information to analyze which books moms and dads are most likely to challenge in that state. According to their r...

Justified Paranoia

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 09.01.2013 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

In Paranoia, Victor Martinovich has crafted a novel so real that the government of Belarus banned it two days after it was published in that country. ...

Judy Blume's Intervention Helps Bust School District's Book Ban

Posted 06.11.2013 | Chicago

Thanks to students and legendary "Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret" author Judy Blume uniting in opposition to a suburban Chicago school district...

WATCH: Judy Blume On Censorship

Posted 06.10.2013 | Books

Judy Blume came to visit HuffPost Live, and shared her thoughts about censorship of books in schools. "The censors didn't come out of the woodwork...

Banned Books List Revealed

AP | HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 04.15.2013 | Books

NEW YORK -- Here's a list "Fifty Shades of Grey" was destined to make: The books most likely to be removed from school and library shelves. On Mond...

Hungry Dogs in the Cellar Nip at Civil Liberties

Donald Friedman | Posted 04.02.2013 | Books
Donald Friedman

Looking for a bedtime sedative one night last week, I found The Switch, a streamable 2010 by-the-numbers comedy. In it, a mentoring character played b...

Who Decides What Kids Can Read In School?

Posted 03.22.2013 | Parents

This week's Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book: Marjane Satrapi’s acclaimed graphic novel, Persepolis, is her mem...