Out of 323 challenges reported to the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom, the Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2016 are
This One Summer written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
This young adult graphic novel, winner
of both a Printz and a Caldecott Honor Award, was restricted, relocated,
and banned because it includes LGBT characters, drug use, and
profanity, and it was considered sexually explicit with mature themes.
Drama written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier
Parents, librarians, and administrators
banned this Stonewall Honor Award-winning graphic novel for young adults
because it includes LGBT characters, was deemed sexually explicit, and
was considered to have an offensive political viewpoint.
George written by Alex Gino
Despite winning a Stonewall Award and a
Lambda Literary Award, administrators removed this children’s novel
because it includes a transgender child, and the “sexuality was not
appropriate at elementary levels.”
I Am Jazz written by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, and illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas
This children’s picture book memoir was
challenged and removed because it portrays a transgender child and
because of language, sex education, and offensive viewpoints.
Two Boys Kissing written by David Levithan
Included on the National Book Award
longlist and designated a Stonewall Honor Book, this young adult novel
was challenged because its cover has an image of two boys kissing, and
it was considered to include sexually explicit LGBT content.
Looking for Alaska written by John Green
This 2006 Printz Award winner is a young
adult novel that was challenged and restricted for a sexually explicit
scene that may lead a student to “sexual experimentation.”
Big Hard Sex Criminals written by Matt Fraction and illustrated by Chip Zdarsky
Considered to be sexually explicit by
library staff and administrators, this compilation of adult comic books
by two prolific award-winning artists was banned and challenged.
Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread written by Chuck Palahniuk
This collection of adult short stories,
which received positive reviews from Newsweek and the New York Times,
was challenged for profanity, sexual explicitness, and being “disgusting
and all around offensive.”
Little Bill (series) written by Bill Cosby and illustrated by Varnette P. Honeywood
This children’s book series was
challenged because of criminal sexual allegations against the author.
Eleanor & Park written by Rainbow Rowell One of seven New York Times Notable
Children’s Books and a Printz Honor recipient, this young adult novel
was challenged for offensive language.
Based on the ALA’s Banned & Challenged Classicslist, which can be found here: http://www.ala.org/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/classics
1. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald 2. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger 3. The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck 4. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee 5. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker 6. Ulysses, by James Joyce 7. Beloved, by Toni Morrison 8. The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding 9. 1984, by George Orwell 10. Lolita, by Vladmir Nabokov 11. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck 12. Catch-22, by Joseph Heller 13. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley 14. Animal Farm, by George Orwell 15. The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway 16. As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner 17. A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway 18. Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston 19. Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison 20. Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison 21. Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell 22. Native Son, by Richard Wright 23. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey 24. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut 25. For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway 26. The Call of the Wild, by Jack London 27. Go Tell it on the Mountain, by James Baldwin 28. All the King’s Men, by Robert Penn Warren 29. The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien 30. The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair 31. Lady Chatterley’s Lover, by D.H. Lawrence 32. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess 33. The Awakening, by Kate Chopin 34. In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote 35. The Satanic Verses, by Salman Rushdie 36. Sophie’s Choice, by William Styron 37. Sons and Lovers, by D.H. Lawrence 38. Cat’s Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut 39. A Separate Peace, by John Knowles 40. Naked Lunch, by William S. Burroughs 41. Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh 42. Women in Love, by D.H. Lawrence
oh yeah i’m on a book buying ban, no book buying for m– *trips* *hundreds of books fall out of bag* fuck look these aren’t new i swear i’m just carrying them around for fun– *slips on a pile of books* fu ck no i haven’t been buying anything i am so committed to– *more books fall out as i fall to my knees, desperately trying to gather them up* hang on just L IST EN i haven’t been buying– *doorbell rings* NO those are NOT new books being delivered how DARE you even–
We love these Banned Books Week literary mug shots created by Kate Boryeskne, especially the one she made of Alaska Young from Looking for Alaska. We got these from her website. It’s so great when literature inspires other great art–yet another reason why the freedom to read is so important!
🦇- If your muse had wings, would they be feathered and bird-like, leathery bat-like wings, or insect-like fairy or butterfly wings?
🙊- How good are they at keeping secrets?
🎖- Is your muse the “forgive and forget” type or do they hold grudges?
⚖️- If your muse had superpowers, what would they be?
📐- Did your muse get an education? What was their best subject in their studies?
🖋- If your muse was an author/poet, what kind of stories would they write about?
📕- What “Banned Books” could you see your muse reading?
🔖- When they shop, does the price or product matter more?
🐶- If your muse was forced to get a pet, what would they get?
✌️-How often did they get into trouble as a kid?
⭐️- What’s their favorite constellation in the night sky?
🍼- Would your muse raise an abandoned orphan they found or opt to relocate them to an orphanage instead?
🏄♀️- What kind of leisurely sports do they partake in on their downtime?
💐- What are their favorite flowers?
👑- How would your muse react if they suddenly found out that they were the long-lost heir to a rich kingdom?
👒- If your muse were to take someone on a first date, where would they go and how would they behave?
💥- if Your muse wakes up with complete amnesia, how would they react? How scared would they be? What caused it?
🍳- What does your muse’s typical breakfast, lunch, and dinner look like after their larder has been fully replenished?
🎣- Would your muse go fishing for any reason? Would they catch-and-eat or catch-and-release?
🎼- What part in a choir would your muse sing? Soprano (½), Bass, Tenor, or Alto?
🎬- Pick three movies you could see your muse watching (and enjoying)
🎨- Find two famous pieces of artwork you think your muse would enjoy.
I’ve successfully sat down to write SIXTY days in a row! Slowly but surely writing my novel. The Scrivener App on my iPad makes such a difference, and the word tracker is both helpful and aesthetically pleasing.
TERRY GROSS: Have you run into any parents, teachers or librarians who object to either the tone or the content of your books?
DANIEL HANDLER: Not nearly as many as I thought I would. I really thought that there would just be an overwhelming wave of outrage. And instead, there’ve just been a few isolated complaints that I’ve heard. We were banned in one school district in Decatur, Ga. I’ll always have that. They can’t take that away from me.
GROSS: On what grounds were you banned?
HANDLER: Well, I hate to get too catty about Decatur, Ga., but they were very concerned in The Bad Beginning that Count Olaf wants to marry Violet, who is a distant relative. And this strikes me as something that, without being too stereotypical about the South – that perhaps Decatur, Ga., has heard of before, let’s just say.
And, also, I’m at a loss for how to construct a villain who isn’t doing villainous things. If Count Olaf were only doing things that no one would object to, then he really wouldn’t be much of a villain. So I’m somewhat nonplussed by that kind of criticism, that, ‘Boy, Count Olaf is sure a terrible person.’ And so I always have to write back and say, ‘Well, yes. Yes, he is. He sure is. Let’s catch him.’
And a woman once in in Oregon came up to me at a bookstore and said, ‘You know, in one of your books, you teach that it is sometimes necessary to lie. And that seems like a very disturbing lesson to me. Can you name one time when it would be absolutely necessary to lie?’ And I was so happy that the answer came to me right away, instead of, you know, as it usually does when people say something to you. And then you think three days later, that’s what I should’ve said. Instead, it came right away. And I was able just to turn to her and say, ‘Nice sweater.’