Well, here we are again, folks. It’s banned books week. Once again I’m here with a new post listing the top 10 most challenged books during the previous year. During 2016 there were 323 recorded challenges by the ALA and they have brought us a new crop of frequently challenged books. The The Holy Bible had been removed from the list this year. However, this is the first time I’ve ever seen a book or series of books being challenged because of the “criminal sexual allegations against the author“. I think it is also worth noting that half of the list are illustrated.
- This One Summer, by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
Reasons: Includes LGBT characters, drug use, profanity, sexually explicit with mature themes.
- Drama, by Raina Telgemeier
Reasons: Includes LGBT characters, sexually explicit, offensive political viewpoint.
- George, by Alex Gino
Reasons: Includes a transgender child, “sexuality was not appropriate at elementary levels”.
- I Am Jazz, by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, and illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas
Reasons: Portrays a transgender child, language, sex education, offensive viewpoints.
- Two Boys Kissing, by David Levithan
Reasons: Cover has an image of two boys kissing, sexually explicit LGBT content.
- Looking for Alaska, by John Green
Reasons: Sexually explicit scene that may lead a student to “sexual experimentation”.
- Big Hard Sex Criminals, by Matt Fraction and illustrated by Chip Zdarsky
Reasons: Sexually explicit.
- Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread, by Chuck Palahniuk
Reasons: Profanity, sexual explicitness, being “disgusting and all around offensive”.
- Little Bill (series), by Bill Cosby and illustrated by Varnette P. Honeywood
Reasons: Criminal sexual allegations against the author.
- Eleanor & Park written by Rainbow Rowell
Reasons: Offensive language.
Additionally, in 2010, I put together a list of the 100 Most Banned & Challenged Books Of The Decade by aggregating several lists from the American Library Association.