Every year books in libraries and schools across the country are challenged. Celebrate you freedom to read anything you want!
The top ten most frequently challenged books of 2015 are:
- 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, and other (“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, and other (“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 other (“profanity and atheism”).
- The Holy Bible
- Reasons: Religious viewpoint.
- Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel
- Reasons: Violence and other (“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 other (“condones public displays of affection”).
The Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books is compiled by the Office of Intellectual Freedom at the American Library Association. http://www.ala.org/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/top10