10 Most Challenged Titles In 2015
Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982, according to the American Library Association. Every year around Banned Books Week, the ALA releases its list of the top 10 most challenged (and sometimes banned) titles of the year.
Looking for Alaska by John Green
REASONS: Offensive language, sexually explicit and unsuited for age group.
Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James
REASONS: Sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, “poorly written,” “concerns that a group of teenagers will want to try it.”
I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
REASONS: Inaccurate, homosexuality, sex education, religious viewpoint and unsuited for age group.
Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin
REASONS: Anti-family, offensive language, homosexuality, sex education, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, “wants to remove from collection to ward off complaints.”
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
REASONS: Offensive language, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and “profanity and atheism.”
The Holy Bible
REASON: Religious viewpoint.
Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
REASON: Violence and “graphic images.”
Habibi by Craig Thompson
REASONS: Nudity, sexually explicit and unsuited for age group.
Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan by Jeanette Winter
REASONS: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group and violence.
Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
REASONS: Homosexuality and “condones public displays of affection.”
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