April 9, 2012...8:01 am

2011 Most Frequently Challenged Books List and BBW Materials now available through the ALA Store!

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The Office for Intellectual Freedom has released the Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2011 as part of ALA’s State of America’s Library Report. OIF received 326 reports regarding attempts to remove or restrict materials from school curricula and library bookshelves.  The list includes the following titles; each title is followed by the reasons reported for challenging the book:

1)      ttylttfnl8rg8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
Offensive language; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

2)      The Color of Earth (series), by Kim Dong Hwa
Nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

3)      The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins
Anti-ethnic; anti-family; insensitivity; offensive language; occult/satanic; violence

4)      My Mom’s Having A Baby! A Kid’s Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy, by Dori Hillestad Butler
Nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

5)      The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
Offensive language; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

6)      Alice (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Nudity; offensive language; religious viewpoint

7)      Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
Insensitivity; nudity; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit

8)      What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones
Nudity; offensive language; sexually explicit

9)      Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily Von Ziegesar
Drugs; offensive language; sexually explicit

10)  To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
Offensive language; racism

For more information on how and why materials are challenged, the difference between banned and challenged books, and more, visit our banned & challenged books web page.

In response to efforts to restrict access to books, ALA sponsors Banned Books Week every fall.  This year marks the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week, which will be held September 30-October6, 2012. Celebrate the freedom to read in your bookstore, library, or school with the help of new posters, bookmark, T-shirt, button, and resource materials – all now available for sale via the ALA Store Online.

 

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