Banned Books

  • Banned Books
     
    Frequently Challenged Books
     The ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) receives reports from libraries, schools, and the media on attempts to ban books in communities across the country. We compile lists of challenged books in order to inform the public about censorship efforts that affect libraries and schools. The top ten most frequently challenged books of 2014 include:

    1)      The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie

    Reasons: anti-family, cultural insensitivity, drugs/alcohol/smoking, gambling, offensive language, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group, violence. Additional reasons: “depictions of bullying”

    2)      Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi

    Reasons: gambling, offensive language, political viewpoint. Additional reasons: “politically, racially, and socially offensive,” “graphic depictions”

    3)      And Tango Makes Three, Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

    Reasons: Anti-family, homosexuality, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group. Additional reasons: “promotes the homosexual agenda”

    4)      The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison

    Reasons: Sexually explicit, unsuited for age group. Additional reasons: “contains controversial issues”

    5)      It’s Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris

    Reasons: Nudity, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group. Additional reasons: “alleges it child pornography”

    6)      Saga, by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples

    Reasons: Anti-Family, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group. Additional reasons:

    7)      The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini

    Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited to age group, violence

    8)      The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky

    Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group. Additional reasons: “date rape and masturbation”

    9)      A Stolen Life, Jaycee Dugard

    Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group

    10)  Drama, by Raina Telgemeier

    Reasons: sexually explicit