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 2017 celebration of Banned Books Week will be held from September 24-30.

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 2016 the American Library Association's Office of Intellectual Freedom (OIF) recorded 323 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 2016

  1. This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki
    Reasons: Includes LGBT characters, drug use and profanity, and considered sexually explicit with mature themes
  2. Drama by Raina Telgemeier
    Reasons: Includes LGBT characters, sexually explicit, offensive political viewpoint
  3. George by Alex Gino
    Reasons: Includes a transgender child and the "sexuality was not appropriate at elementary levels"
  4. I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
    Reasons: Portrays a transgender child, language, sex education, and offensive viewpoints
  5. Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
    Reasons: Book cover has an image of two boys kissing and sexually explicit LGBT content
  6. Looking for Alaska by John Green
    Reasons: Includes a sexually explicit scene that may lead a student to "sexual experimentation"
  7. Big Hard Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction
    Reasons: Sexually explicit
  8. Make Something Up: Stories You Can't Unread by Chuck Palahniuk
    Reasons: Profanity, sexually explicit, and "disgusting and all around offensive"
  9. Little Bill (series) by Bill Cosby
    Reasons: Criminal sexual allegations against the author
  10. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
    Reasons: Offensive language