Most Challenged Books of 2017

The American Library Association released its list of the most frequently challenged and/or banned books of 2017. Which challenged books have you read?

For more information please visit the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom

Reason for challenges: suicide

When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah's voice recounting the events leading up to her death.

Reason for challenges: profanity, sexually explicit

Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

Drama by Raina Telgemeier

Reason for challenges: LGBT content

Callie rides an emotional roller coaster while serving on the stage crew for a middle school production of Moon over Mississippi as various relationships start and end, and others never quite get going.

The kite runner by Khaled Hosseini

Reason for challenges: sexual violence, religious themes, "may lead to terrorism"

Amir is the son of a prominent and wealthy man, while Hassan, the son of Amir's father's servant, is a Hazara-- a shunned ethnic minority. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them. When Amir and his father flee the country for a new life in California, Amir thinks that he has escaped his past. And yet he cannot leave the memory of Hassan behind him.

George by Alex Gino

Reason for challenges: LGBT content

Knowing herself to be a girl despite her outwardly male appearance, George is denied a female role in the class play before teaming up with a friend to reveal her true self.

Sex is a funny word by Cory Silverberg

Reason for challenges: sex education

A comic book for kids that includes children and families of all makeups, orientations, and gender identies, Sex Is a Funny Word is an essential resource about bodies, gender, and sexuality for children ages 8 to 10 as well as their parents and caregivers. Much more than the "facts of life" or "the birds and the bees," Sex Is a Funny Word opens up conversations between young people and their caregivers in a way that allows adults to convey their values and beliefs while providing information about boundaries, safety, and joy.

To kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee

Reason for challenges: violence, racial slurs

The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence, and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina and quiet heroism of one man's struggle for justice, in this Pulitzer Prize-winning classic that has been translated into more than 40 languages.

The hate u give by Angie Thomas

Reason for challenges: drug use, profanity, "pervasively vulgar"

After witnessing her friend's death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter's life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happened the night Kahlil died.

And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson

Reason for challenges: LGBT content

At New York City's Central Park Zoo, two male penguins fall in love and start a family by taking turns sitting on an abandoned egg until it hatches.

I am Jazz by Jessica Herthel

Reason for challenges: gender identity

Presents the story of a transgender child who traces her early awareness that she is a girl in spite of male anatomy and the acceptance she finds through a wise doctor who explains her natural transgender status.

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