During National Library Week, the Office for Intellectual Freedom publishes the list of Top Ten Most Challenged Books. We collect information from two sources: newspapers and reports submitted by individuals. All challenges are compiled into a database. Reports of challenges culled from newspapers across the country are compiled in the bimonthly Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom and compiled in the Banned Books Week Resource Guide. Challenges reported to the ALA by individuals are kept confidential. The Top Ten Most Challenged Books is not a national roundup of book challenges as all challenges are not reported to the ALA. Rather, it is a snapshot of the reports received by the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. Our goal is not to focus on the numbers, but to educate the masses that attempts to ban books is happening within our country, and the themes that are suggested by those challenges. As citizens, librarians, parents, we all should safeguard the right to read freely and to choose for ourselves and allow others to do the same.
And now for the list!
10. Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan @loversdiction
9. Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan by Jeanette Winter
8. Habibi by Craig Thompson
7. Fun Home by Alison Bechdel @AlisonBechdel
6. Holy Bible
5. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon @
4. Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin @
3. I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings @ @
2. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James @
1. Looking for Alaska by John Green @