The Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2016

Books have been challenged by patrons, teachers, librarians and others for a variety of reasons. Depending on the location of the library, the types of things challenged and banned may be vastly different, and could possibly surprise you. What would it take for you to challenge a book? Here is a list of the top 10 challenged books of 2016. Do you agree with the choice to challenge these titles? 

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Top Ten for 2016

Out of 323 challenges recorded by the Office for Intellectual Freedom 

1. This One Summer  written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
Reasons: challenged because it includes LGBT characters, drug use and profanity, and it was considered sexually explicit with mature themes

2. Drama  written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier
Reasons: challenged because it includes LGBT characters, was deemed sexually explicit, and was considered to have an offensive political viewpoint

3. George  written by Alex Gino
Reasons: challenged because it includes a transgender child, and the “sexuality was not appropriate at elementary levels”

4. I Am Jazz  written by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, and illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas
Reasons: challenged because it portrays a transgender child and because of language, sex education, and offensive viewpoints

5. Two Boys Kissing  written by David Levithan
Reasons: challenged because its cover has an image of two boys kissing, and it was considered to include sexually explicit LGBT content

6. Looking for Alaska  written by John Green
Reasons: challenged for a sexually explicit scene that may lead a student to “sexual experimentation”

7. Big Hard Sex Criminals (not available in OSL) written by Matt Fraction and illustrated by Chip Zdarsky                                                 Reason: challenged because it was considered sexually explicit

8. Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread  written by Chuck Palahniuk
Reasons: challenged for profanity, sexual explicitness, and being “disgusting and all around offensive”

9. Little Bill (series)  written by Bill Cosby and and illustrated by Varnette P. Honeywood
Reason: challenged because of criminal sexual allegations against the author

10.Eleanor & Park  written by Rainbow Rowell
Reason: challenged for offensive language

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