History of Banned Books Resources

Here are some materials to get you started!

SFPL Print Resources
This selection of books will help guide you through the initial stages of research on banned books and related topics. Note the book title and Call Number, then stop by the library to pick up the book. While your there, browse the stacks! You never know what you'll find.

Battle of the Books : Literary Censorship in the Public Schools, 1950-1985 (1989)
by Lee Burress
Call Number: 098 B941b
Summary: The book answers several questions: Who are the censors? What are their objections? What typically happens in a school censorship situation? An appendix details some 800 titles that have been challenged. Extensive bibliography.
Appropriate For: adults

A Universal History of the Destruction of Books (1970)
by Fernando Baez 
Call Number: 098  B1458u
Summary: Overview of the history of banned books.
Appropriate For: middle school students

100 Banned Books : Censorship Histories Of World Literature (1999)
by Nicholas J. Karolides, Margaret A. Bald
Call Number: 363.31 K147o
Summary: Guides readers through the intriguing and often provocative history of literature censorship and exposes why, where, and how some of the most influential writing has been banned.
Appropriate For: middle school students

Banned Books 387 B.C. to 1978 A.D. (1978)
by Haight Grannis; compiled by Herny R. Kaugman
Call Number: 098  H12b  :4
Summary: Trends in censorship; statements on freedom of the press; excerpts from important court decisions; commission on obscenity and pornography (experpts from the report); selected U.S. Laws and regulations.
Appropriate For: adults

Free Web Resources

Banned Books by M.J. Stephey: TIME Magazine Article

Banned Books: Questia.com
You can get started by viewing samples of books including table of contents, and you can sign up for a free trial to read full-text. See something you like? Click the WorldCat link to find the book in your local library.

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Rachael-Joy has been a student librarian since 2008 and will soon graduate to bona-fide professional by the end of 2010. Her interest in Youth Librarianship stems from her childhood experiences with libraries and librarians who always encouraged her to escape into a good book. Rachael believes a passion for reading and learning is important for young generations to develop so they can continue to learn and explore the power of literature well into their adult lives. Information literacy, freedom of speech, and censorship are all issues that young people need to understand so they can educate themselves and inform others as well.


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