ALA’s most challenged books of 2015

Each year, the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom receives reports from libraries, schools, and the media on attempts to ban books in communities across the country.

Here’s the 2015 list of most frequently challenged books

  1. “Looking for Alaska” by John Green
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.
  2. “Fifty Shades of Grey” by E. L. James
    Reasons: Sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and other (“poorly written,” “concerns that a group of teenagers will want to try it”).
  3. “I Am Jazz” by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
    Reasons: Inaccurate, homosexuality, sex education, religious viewpoint, and unsuited for age group.
  4. “Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out” by Susan Kuklin
    Reasons: Anti-family, offensive language, homosexuality, sex education, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“wants to remove from collection to ward off complaints”).
  5. “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” by Mark Haddon
    Reasons: Offensive language, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“profanity and atheism”).
  6. “The Holy Bible”
    Reasons: Religious viewpoint.
  7. “Fun Home” by Alison Bechdel
    Reasons: Violence and other (“graphic images”).
  8. “Habibi” by Craig Thompson
    Reasons: Nudity, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.
  9. “Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan” by Jeanette Winter
    Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group, and violence.
  10. “Two Boys Kissing” by David Levithan
    Reasons: Homosexuality and other (“condones public displays of affection”).

List via ala.org.

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