Every year, the list of books that are challenged or banned, gets longer. People decide that certain books should be removed from libraries or schools for various reasons, usually religious or political.
Here are the top ten titles that the American Library Association said were most challenged in 2015:
Looking for Alaska, by John Green Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.
Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James Reasons: Sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and other (“poorly written,” “concerns that a group of teenagers will want to try it”).
I Am Jazz, by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings Reasons: Inaccurate, homosexuality, sex education, religious viewpoint, and unsuited for age group.
Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out, by Susan Kuklin Reasons: Anti-family, offensive language, homosexuality, sex education, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“wants to remove from collection to ward off complaints”).
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon Reasons: Offensive language, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“profanity and atheism”).
The Holy Bible Reasons: Religious viewpoint.
Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel Reasons: Violence and other (“graphic images”).
Habibi, by Craig Thompson Reasons: Nudity, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.
Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan, by Jeanette Winter Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group, and violence.
Two Boys Kissing, by David Levithan Reasons: Homosexuality and other (“condones public displays of affection”).
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