ALA has announced that And Tango Makes Three is at the top of the most challenged books of 2006. Wanna bet that The Higher Power of Lucky makes the 2007 list?
Here are the top ten most challenged books of last year:
We start with the sole picture book on the list, but one that carries on the tradition of any picture book for small children that even mentions homosexuality being on the list:
And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson.
Then we get into a group of books for teenage girls that *gasp* address sexuality!
The Gossip Girl series by Cecily Von Ziegesar.
The Alice series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.
The Earth, My Butt and Other Big, Round Things by Carolyn Mackler.
And of course the Toni Morrison books:
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison.
Beloved by Toni Morrison.
Then books for teens in general that are all cited for “offensive language” because goodness knows that without these books teens would have no idea that such language exists:
Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier.
And finally, for being unsuited to the age group, insensitive, violent AND containing occult/Satanism:
The Scary Stories series by Alvin Schwartz.
Makes me want to run out and read all of them all over again. Kind of like a backwards recommended reads list.