Celebrate Banned Books Week - with a Poll!

Banned Books Week is a celebration of the freedom of speech and the freedom to read.  It is held annually during the last week in September.  It celebrates the FREADOM to read and experience ideas even if others might not agree with them. We at CHB, as an independent bookstore, particularly value freedom of speech and the freedom of our customers to choose freely what to read! This week we're celebrating books that others have attempted to ban (or unfortunately, sometimes succeeded in banning), in the spirit of that freedom!

In true Banned Books Week spirit, we will be hosting a Banned Books Week Poll! We have questions, and we want to hear from our community and our customers! The poll is open from Monday, September 28th through Saturday, October 3rd. As a bonus, all participants in this week's poll will receive an "I Read Banned Books" sticker! We'll announce the results next week. Stop by the shop anytime this week to participate, or you can answer in the comments below or on social media! Happy reading!  

For more information on Banned Books Week, visit the ALA Website.

This week's special Banned Books Week Poll Question: What is your favorite banned book? Make sure to cast your vote, and we'll announce the winning favorite next week! Need some ideas? Check out the list below for some popular banned books!

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316013697
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 1st, 2009

Reasons for banning: anti-family, cultural insensitivity, drugs/alcohol/smoking, gambling, offensive language, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group, violence. Additional reasons: “depictions of bullying”


The Chocolate War Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780375829871
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 14th, 2004

Reasons for banning: offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age 


The Complete Persepolis Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780375714832
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Pantheon Books - October 30th, 2007

Reasons for banning: gambling, offensive language, political viewpoint. Additional reasons: “politically, racially, and socially offensive,” “graphic depictions”


The Bluest Eye Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780307278449
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - May 8th, 2007

Reasons for banning: Sexually explicit, unsuited for age group. Additional reasons: “contains controversial issues”


The Kite Runner Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781594631931
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - March 5th, 2013

Reasons for banning: Offensive language, unsuited to age group, violence


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1) Cover Image
By J. K. Rowling, Kazu Kibuishi (Illustrator), Mary GrandPre (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780545582889
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scholastic Inc. - August 27th, 2013

Reasons for banning: anti-family, occult/Satanism, religious viewpoint, violence


Drama Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780545326995
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Graphix - September 1st, 2012

Reasons for banning: sexually explicit


The Giver Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780544336261
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Houghton Mifflin - July 1st, 2014

Reasons for banning: depictions of adolescent drug use, suicide, and lethal injections


Looking for Alaska Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780142402511
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Speak - December 28th, 2006

Reasons for banning: sexual content, inappropriate/graphic language


Brave New World Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780060850524
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper Perennial - October 17th, 2006

Reasons for banning:  insensitivity; nudity; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit


Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Cover Image
By Mark Twain, R. Kent Rasmussen (Introduction by), R. Kent Rasmussen (Notes by)
$8.00
ISBN: 9780143107323
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - October 28th, 2014

Reasons for banning: racism