Indeed, however difficult it might be to differentiate the men who authored these books from their words on the page, it is vital to our First Amendment rights and the promotion of intellectual freedom that we do not let that difficulty interfere with our duties as librarians. Patrons possess, and should continue to hold, the right to decide for themselves whether or not they want to read these materials.
The Field Report is a great resource to showcase the variety of books and unique situations of each challenge. It includes nine beautifully designed pages, packed with 46 detailed censorship incidents and tips on how to protect the right to read in your community.
ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom released its list of the Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2016, and as usual, the majority of books are for children and teens.
Authors Mariko and Jillian Tamaki address being on ALA’s list of the Top Ten Challenged Books of 2016, with a statement that touches on the power of narratives and the reality of growing up.
Save your drama for your… school board? This young adult graphic novel takes place in a school — and so do many of the threats to remove it.
Bold, rainbow-colored words take up the back cover of Alex Gino’s George: “Be Who You Are.”
Despite its messages of acceptance and anti-bullying, the children’s memoir ranked No. 4 on the American Library Association’s list of Top Ten Challenged Books of 2016.
Librarians and booksellers create displays with cover art facing out in an effort to lure readers to a title they might not otherwise find … What is it about David Levithan’s novel that its cover gets called out and challenged but others with kissing, gay and straight, don’t? Is it the fact that ‘Two Boys Kissing’ is an extraordinary, stunning, award-winning bestselling novel?
Some students were restricted from exploring ‘the Great Perhaps.’ John Green’s ‘Looking for Alaska’ ranked No. 6 on the American Library Association’s Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2016.
Although the back cover of ‘Big Hard Sex Criminals’ boasts in shiny letters ‘for mature readers, duh,’ this graphic novel is listed as No. 7 on the Top Ten Challenged Books of 2016 list.