Challenged or Banned Books

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Hundreds of libraries, schools, publishers, bookstores and readers around the world draw attention to the problem of censorship. The 2018 celebration of Banned Books Week will be held from September 23-29. This year's theme is Banning Books Silences Stories. Speak Out!
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. In 2017 the American Library Association's Office of Intellectual Freedom (OIF) recorded 354 challenges to remove or restrict materials from school curricula and library bookshelves.
Titles available at your Library may be requested through the title link to the library's catalog.

Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2017

  1. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
    Reasons: discusses suicide
  2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
    Reasons: includes profanity and situations that were deemed sexually explicit
  3. Drama by Raina Telgemeier
    Reasons: includes LGBT characters and was considered "confusing"
  4. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
    Reasons: includes sexual violence and was thought to "lead to terrorism" and "promote Islam"
  5. George by Alex Gino
    Reasons: includes a transgender child
  6. Sex is a Funny Word by Cory Silverberg
    Reasons: addresses sex education and is believed to lead children to "want to have sex or ask questions about sex"
  7. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    Reasons: violence and its use of the N-word
  8. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
    Reasons: considered "pervasively vulgar" and because of drug use, profanity, and offensive language
  9. And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
    Reasons: features a same-sex relationship
  10. I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
    Reasons: addresses gender identity