ALA Most Frequently Challenged Books 2010
It’s a little known fact that most librarians mark the beginning of spring not by the first bloom, but by the release of the American Library Association’s most frequently challenged book list. Nothing says rebirth like a fresh batch of books that some people think should never have been born. Let’s take a look at the top five:
1. “And Tango Makes Three” by Peter Parnell and JustinÂ Richardson
Reasons: Homosexuality, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to AgeÂ Group
2. “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” by ShermanÂ Alexie
Reasons: Offensive language, Racism, Sex Education, Sexually Explicit, Unsuited to Age Group,Â Violence
3. “Brave New World” by AldousÂ Huxley
Reasons: Insensitivity, Offensive Language, Racism, SexuallyÂ Explicit
4. “Crank” by EllenÂ Hopkins
Reasons: Drugs, Offensive Language, SexuallyÂ Explicit
5. “The Hunger Games” by SuzanneÂ Collins
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Unsuited to Age Group,Â Violence
Click here to see the rest of the list at the ALA website.
Other than And Tango Makes Three (which returns to the top spot after a year at #2), the top five is all new.
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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 email@example.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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