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Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2016

Today from the American Library Association:

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ALA also released a video:

Every time the new Top Ten Most Challenged list comes out, I like to take a look at the previous year to see what books are new, what books have stayed, etc. Here’s the 2015 list.

There are 3 books that stayed on the list from the previous year: Looking for Alaska, Two Boys Kissing, and I Am Jazz. The most interesting new addition to me is the Little Bill series, which has been challenged for criminal sexual allegations against the author. I’m going off the top of my head here, but I can’t recall a time in recent history that a book has been on this list due to the author and not the content of the actual book itself. Am I wrong?

What jumps out to you?

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. Saara Itkonen says:

    Tom Ungerer? His children’s books fell out of fashion for awhile because his erotic sex-life became public knowledge. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Far_Out_Isn%27t_Far_Enough:_The_Tomi_Ungerer_Story

  2. Mark Gould says:

    I wonder if Orion Scott Card has been challenged because a lot of people don’t like his views on LGBTQ people.