Banned Books Week is right around the corner (9/23-9/29), and we are raising awareness for books recently challenged and banned. This 2017 list of the Top Ten Most Challenged Books cultivated by the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom. You can see the top ten for other years as well, and they can all be found here.

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1) Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Reason: discusses suicide

2) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Reason: profanity and sexually explicit material

3) Drama by Raina Telgemeier
Reason: LGBTQ characters

4) The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Reason: Sexual violence and was thought to “promote Islam.”

5) George by Alex Gino (available on overdrive)
Reason: includes a transgender child

6) Sex is a Funny Word by Cory Silverberg (request through ILL)
Reason: believed to lead children to “want to have sex or ask questions about sex.”

7) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Reason: violence and use of N-word

8) The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Reason: considered “vulgar” and contains drug use and profanity.

9) And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell an Justin Richardson
Reason: features a same-sex relationship

10) I am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings (Request through ILL)
Reason: addresses gender identity