Banned Books Week!

Hurrah! I managed not to miss the week entirely with this post. Here are the ten most frequently challenged books from 2014 as reported by ALA’s Office of Intellectual Freedom. I find it fascinating to see why some of my favorite books are being challenged, so I’ve included the reasons below:

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (Persepolis, #1-2)

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

Reasons: anti-family, cultural insensitivity, drugs/alcohol/smoking, gambling, offensive language, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group, violence. Additional reasons: “depictions of bullying”

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Reasons: gambling, offensive language, political viewpoint. Additional reasons: “politically, racially, and socially offensive,” “graphic depictions”

117997 The Bluest Eye

And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

Reasons: Anti-family, homosexuality, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group. Additional reasons: “promotes the homosexual agenda”

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Reasons: Sexually explicit, unsuited for age group. Additional reasons: “contains controversial issues”

It's Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health Saga, Volume 1

It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris

Reasons: Nudity, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group. Additional reasons: “alleges it child pornography”

Saga by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Reasons: Anti-Family, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.

The Kite Runner The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited to age group, violence

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group. Additional reasons: “date rape and masturbation”

A Stolen Life Drama

A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard

Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group

Drama by Raina Telgemeier

Reasons: sexually explicit

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