It comes as no surprise that most of the books on the ALA Top 10 Challenged books of the Year, books typically targeted for things like profanity, lewdness, and ideological contention, are children and young adult novels. Censorship is typically enacted by concerned parents who wish to protect their children from perceived threats. As many parents find out, shielding information from children doesn’t not prevent them from learning, exploring, and coming up with their own ideas about the world (hello, libraries! hi, internet!)
Censorship is a serious issue, and our right to read shouldn’t be contested in a free and civil society. The books on this list reflect the fears most prevalent today, notably from stories dealing with sex and gender identity. See if we have some of these books in the library and read them, or buy one for your little sister or cousin from your local bookstore.
Thirteen Reasons Why written by Jay Asher
Originally published in 2007, this New York Times bestseller has resurfaced as a controversial book after Netflix aired a TV series by the same name. This YA novel was challenged and banned in multiple school districts because it discusses suicide.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian written by Sherman Alexie
Consistently challenged since its publication in 2007 for acknowledging issues such as poverty, alcoholism, and sexuality, this National Book Award winner was challenged in school curriculums because of profanity and situations that were deemed sexually explicit.
Drama written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier
This Stonewall Honor Award-winning, 2012 graphic novel from an acclaimed cartoonist was challenged and banned in school libraries because it includes LGBT characters and was considered “confusing.”
……..Read the whole list and watch a video on the ALA website