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American Library Association Announces Most Challenged Books of 2017

This week commemorates the 60th anniversary of National Library Week, allowing bookworms everywhere to proudly celebrate their love of books and the libraries that offer them.

 

In the midst of celebration, The American Library Association, or ALA, has announced the most challenged books of 2017 in order to remind readers that a major threat that gets in the way of celebrating books is the act of book banning, or censorship. 

 

Here are the top ten most challenged books of 2017:

 

 

 

1. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Reason(s): Discussion of suicide

 

2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Reason(s): Profanity, sexually explicit imagery 

 

3. Drama by Raina Telfemeier

Reason(s): Includes LGBT characters, considered “confusing”

 

4. The Kite Runner written by Khaled Hosseini

Reason(s): Depicts sexual violence, allegedly promotes Islam, allegedly “[can] lead to terrorism”

 

5. George by Alex Gino

Reason(s): Depicts a trangender youth

 

6. Sex is a Funny Word: A Book about Bodies, Feelings, and YOU by Cory Silverberg and illustrated by Fiona Smyth

Reason(s): Teaches sex-ed, will allegedly persuade children to “want to have sex or ask questions about sex”

 

7. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Reason(s): Depicts violence, use of N-word

 

8. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Reason(s): Depicts drug use, profanity, offensive language, considered “pervasively vulgar”

 

9. And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell, Justin Richardson and illustrated by Henry Cole

Reason(s): Depicts a same-sex relationship

 

10. I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel, Jazz Jennings and illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas

Reason(s): Addresses gender identity

 

Were you surprised by this list? Let us know!

 

 

Featured Image Via ‘The Atlantic’