Banned Books Week (September 25-October 1, 2016) celebrates the freedom to read and the value of free and open access to information. Each year there are hundreds of attempts to remove books from libraries and schools. Stand up for your right to read and check out a banned or challenged book today. Take a picture with your favorite banned book and tag us on Twitter @aclib or Instagram @aclibrary. You can also celebrate by participating in the Banned Books Virtual Read-Out.
The American Library Association’s Top 10 Challenged Books of 2015:
1. Looking for Alaska by John Green
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.
2. Fifty Shades of Grey by 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”).
3. I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
Reasons: Inaccurate, homosexuality, sex education, religious viewpoint, and unsuited for age group.
4. Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by 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”).
5. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Reasons: Offensive language, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“profanity and atheism”).
6. The Holy Bible
Reasons: Religious viewpoint.
7. Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
Reasons: Violence and other (“graphic images”).
8. Habibi by Craig Thompson
Reasons: Nudity, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.
9. Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan by Jeanette Winter
Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group, and violence.
10. Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
Reasons: Homosexuality and other (“condones public displays of affection”).