ALA’s Top 10 Challenged Books of 2016

ALA has created an infographic and a video this year about the 10 most challenged books. You can find out more at the ALA website.

I am completely saddened and sickened at some of the reasons for challenging a book. How can an image of two boys kissing on a book cover be enough for a challenge? How can a book just dealing with a transgender child be the reason for banning it?

Still, I am very glad that ALA keeps track of these bans and challenges and that we learn as librarians and patrons exactly what is happening in our nation with books for children, teens and adults. Here’s the video with explanations of why each book was challenged: