BANNED BOOKS: The 10 Authors Parents Don't Want Their Kids To Read

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Despite the protection from censorship guaranteed in the Constitution, more than 11,000 books have been banned or challenged in schools, libraries and bookstores since 1982.And in 2010, at least 348 literary challenges were reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom.

While books definitely take the hit when it comes to censorship claims, authors get slammed as well. In the early 2000s, J.K. Rowling became the centre of parents’ fury with her hit “Harry Potter” series.

In 2010, some of the country’s longest-standing authors of the 21st century, such as Judy Blume, and Suzanne Collins, came under fire as the most frequently challenged authors of the year. Parents fury over the authors’ works covers everything from claims the book promote homosexuality to claims that the authors deal with subject inappropriate for the intended audience.

Ellen Hopkins

Hopkins has written 10 novels, most of which are geared toward a teenage or young adult audience. Controversy surrounding her Crank trilogy in 2010 caused the Humble Independent School District in Texas to cancel its annual literary festival at which Hopkins was scheduled to speak.

The books discuss issues like teen prostitution and suicide -- which has made them popular among reviewers and readers, but less so among parents.

Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson

Parnell and Richardson's award-winning And Tango Makes Three has come under fire the past five years.

In 2011, the children's book that details the life of two male penguins as they form a couple and raise an egg, has been challenged on religious grounds because opponents believe it promotes homosexuality.

Sonya Sones

Sones has written eight books, most of which are for a young adult audience.

Her controversial novel What My Mother Doesn't Know was banned in 2003 at the Rosedale Union School District in Bakersfield, Calif. The challengers took issue with the teenage girl character's description of how her breasts react to cold.

Judy Blume

Blume has written nearly 30 books, including Deenie and Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.

Blume's novels deal with sex and coming-of-age stories, which have caused parents to challenge her books' presence in their children's libraries.

Ann Brashares

Brashares is the author behind teen-girl hits like The Sister of the travelling Pants series.

The books follow four teenage girls as they deal with sex, divorce, and racism -- which caused one Wisconsin mum to request they be banned from the local school's library.

Suzanne Collins

Collins' blockbuster series The Hunger Games is making its Hollywood debut this spring.

A New Hampshire mum asked for the books to be banned because she claimed they gave her daughter nightmares. She also claimed the book's violent events lacked morality and could lead to school violence.

Aldous Huxley

The man behind Brave New World also wrote Crome Yellow and Point Counter Point.

Brave New World, which was published in 1932, came under fire when parents felt it was too negative. The book deals with drugs, sexuality and suicide.

Sherman Alexie

Alexie is the author behind The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven.

Some Chicago-area parents were up in arms over sexual scenes, racism, and other mature topics they claimed were present in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. However, the school board refused to blast the book from its reading list.

Laurie Halse Anderson

Anderson has written five young adult novels and three historical fiction novels, among others.

Her novel Speak deals with teenage partying and sexual assault. Missouri State University professor Wesley Scroggins claimed the book was akin to pornography and cautioned parents not to let their children read it.

Natasha Friend

Friend has written four novels, including Lush and Bounce.

Critics attacked Lush in 2010 because it mentioned drugs, and contained sexually explicit material.

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