Challenged or Banned Books

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. It was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. The 2020 celebration of Banned Books Week will be held from September 27 through October 3.
In 2019 the American Library Association's Office of Intellectual Freedom (OIF) tracked 377 challenges to library, school, and university materials and services. Of the 566 books challenged or banned in 2019, the top 10 most challenged are listed below.
Titles available at your Library may be requested through the title link to the library's catalog.

Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2019

  1. George by Alex Gino
    Reasons: to avoid controversy; LGBTQIA+ content and a transgender character; because schools and libraries should not "put books in a child's hand that require discussion"; for sexual references; and for conflicting with a religious viewpoint and "traditional family structure"
  2. Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin
    Reasons: LGBTQIA+ content; for "its effect on any young people who would read it"; and concerns that it was sexually explicit and biased
  3. A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss
    Reasons: LGBTQIA+ content; political viewpoints; concerns that it is "designed to pollute the morals of its readers"; and not including a content warning
  4. Sex is a Funny Word by Cory Silverberg
    Reasons: LGBTQIA+ content; discussing gender identity and sex education; and concerns that the title and illustrations were "inappropriate"
  5. Prince & Knight by Daniel Haack
    Reasons: Featuring a gay marriage and LGBTQIA+; for being "a deliberate attempt to indoctrinate young children" with the potential to cause confusion, curiosity, and gender dysphoria; and for religious viewpoint
  6. I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
    Reasons: LGBTQIA+ content; a transgender character; and for confronting a topic that is "sensitive, controversial, and politically charged"
  7. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
    Reasons: Profanity and "vulgarity and sexual overtones"
  8. Drama by Raina Telgemeier
    Reasons: LGBTQIA+ content and for concerns that it goes against "family values/morals"
  9. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
    Reasons: Refers to magic and witchcraft; contains actual curses and spells; and for characters that use "nefarious means" to attain goals
  10. And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
    Reason: LGBTQIA+ content