Monday, April 10: It’s National Library Week and we/libraries are looking at the State of America’s Libraries Report released in 2016, that includes the Top Ten Frequently Challenged Books.
Top Ten for 2015
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”)
What are your thoughts on this list?
Have you read any of the books listed?