Challenged or Banned Books

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Hundreds of libraries, schools, publishers, bookstores and readers around the world draw attention to the problem of censorship. The 2019 celebration of Banned Books Week will be held from September 22-28. This year's theme is Censorship Leaves Us in the Dark.
Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. In 2018 the American Library Association's Office of Intellectual Freedom (OIF) tracked 347 challenges to library, school, and university materials and services. The top 11 most challenged are listed below.
Titles available at your Library may be requested through the title link to the library's catalog.

Top Eleven Most Challenged Books of 2018

  1. George by Alex Gino
    Reasons: encourages children to clear browser history and change their bodies using hormones, mentions "dirty magazines," describes male anatomy, includes a transgender character
  2. A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss
    Reasons: includes LGBTQIA+ content, political and religious viewpoints
  3. Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey
    Reasons: encourages disruptive behavior, Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot includes a same-sex couple
  4. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
    Reasons: anti-cop, profanity, drug use, and sexual references
  5. Drama by Raina Telgemeier
    Reasons: includes LGBTQIA+ characters and themes
  6. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
    Reasons: addresses teen suicide
  7. This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki
    Reasons: profanity, sexual references, certain illustrations
  8. Skippyjon Jones series by Judy Schachner
    Reason: depicts stereotypes of Mexican culture
  9. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
    Reasons: sexual references, profanity, violence, gambling,underage drinking, and religious viewpoint
  10. This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman
    Reason: includes LGBTQIA+ content
  11. Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
    Reason: includes LGBTQIA+ content