Every year the Office for Intellectual Freedom gives us the top challenged books of the past year. The scour the media for reports of challenges and voluntary reports send in to them from all over the country.
While many challenges do make the local and national news the OIF figures that for every reported challenge, 4 or 5 go unreported.
The list isn’t shocking, really. It is pretty much business as usual. The exception this year is the addition of the Bible for it’s ‘religious viewpoint’ but as you peruse the list and the reasons for the challenges religious viewpoint shows up many, many times. Which I think shows our need to learn about other people’s faith (or lack there of).
On a side note: two of the books that were challenged for being ‘unsuited for age group’ are adult titles so I am not sure what that is about. Also, I am not sure how a autobiographical book can be ‘inaccurate’.
Ever year this list spurns me to add new books to my TBR pile. How about you?
Looking for Alaska // John Green
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.
Fifty Shades of Grey // 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”).
I Am Jazz // Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
Reasons: Inaccurate, homosexuality, sex education, religious viewpoint, and unsuited for age group.
Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out // 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”).
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time // Mark Haddon
Reasons: Offensive language, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“profanity and atheism”).
The Holy Bible
Reasons: Religious viewpoint.
Fun Home // Alison Bechdel
Reasons: Violence and other (“graphic images”).
Habibi // Craig Thompson
Reasons: Nudity, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.
Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan // Jeanette Winter
Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group, and violence.
Two Boys Kissing // David Levithan
Reasons: Homosexuality and other (“condones public displays of affection”).