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ALA's Most Challenged Books of 2017

April 10, 2018

It's National Library Week (April 8-14), and the American Library Association (ALA) just released the 10 most challenged books of 2017. These are titles are ones that folks have most frequently attempted to remove from different schools and libraries across the United States for various reasons.

Since the ALA (and most libraries) strive to provide a wide range of materials that appeal to all different kinds of people, removing materials from a library collection and other forms of censorship are not ideal. Below is the ALA's most challenged books of last year. Take a gander at the list below and tell us what you think. Are there any titles on the list that you've read? Any titles that you're surprised to see on the list? Let us know in the comments below!

For more information on the ALA's most challenged books, visit www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/NLW-Top10.


"THIRTEEN REASONS WHY" by JAY ASHER

Though it was released in 2007, this book made the top of this year's list for discussing suicide.

"THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN" by SHERMAN ALEXIE

This 2007 book is also near the top of the list for including elements of poverty, alcoholism, and sexuality, profanity and sexually explicit situations.

"DRAMA" by RAINA TELGEMEIER

This 2012 book is frequently challenged for containing LGBT characters.

"THE KITE RUNNER" by KHALED HOSSEINI

This 2003 book has been challenged for containing sexual violence and because certain people thought it promoted Islam and terrorism.

"GEORGE" by ALEX GINO

This 2015 book for elementary-age children is often challenged for including a transgender child as a character.

"SEX IS A FUNNY WORD" by CORY SILVERBERG

This 2015 informational children's book is challenged because it addresses sex education.

"TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD" by HARPER LEE

This classic novel, originally published in 1960, is still challenged often for containing violence and the use of racial slurs.

"THE HATE U GIVE" by ANGIE THOMAS

This 2017 young adult novel is challenged on a regular basis by people who feel it is “pervasively vulgar” and because of drug use, profanity, and offensive language used in the book.

"AND TANGO MAKES THREE" by PETER PARNELL AND JUSTIN RICHARDSON

This children's book, first published in 2005, is often challenged for featuring a same-sex relationship.

"I AM JAZZ" by JESSICA HERTHEL AND JAZZ JENNINGS

This elementary-age children's book, published in 2014, is often challenged for addressing the issue of gender identity.

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