The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom has released their list of the most challenged books in the United States for last year. Here is the top ten:
- Looking for Alaska by John Green
- Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James
- I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
- Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
- The Holy Bible
- Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
- Habibi by Craig Thompson
- Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan by Jeanette Winter
- Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
Ah, once again so many of my personal favorites on the list. Though I am not surprised to see LGBT books on the list, since they have always featured prominently on the list, I am saddened to see two that are specifically about transgender teens and children being targeted. Both are about real people and offer a glimpse into the transgender experience from those who are living it.
Though this list always makes me sad, it also lights a fire to make sure that my community has open access to these books as well as books like them. To make sure that LGBT members of our community see themselves reflected in our collection. To make sure that those from religions other than Christianity see themselves in children’s books on our shelves. To have books for teens that contain sexual experiences because, seriously, they are teens.
What lights your fire?