Celebrate the freedom to read!
Think that banning books is only something that happens in dystopian novels, other countries or our collective past? It may be hard to believe, but in 2018, there were 347 challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries around the country reported to the American Library Association's Office of Intellectual Freedom.
We hope you'll stop in and see our Banned Books Week window display, featuring some books you might never have guessed would appear there. Mostly, we hope you will continue to join us in working to protect our freedom to read, not just this week, but all year round!
Here is a list of the top 11 most challenged books in 2019:
Banned, challenged, and relocated because it was believed to encourage children to clear browser history and changer their bodies using hormones, and for mentioning "dirty magazines," describing male anatomy, "creating confusion," and including a transgender character.
Banned and challenged for including LGBTQIA+ content, and for political and religious view points.
The "Captain Underpants" series was challenged because it was perceived as encouraging disruptive behavior, while "Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot" was challenged for including a same-sex couple.
Banned and challenged because it was deemed "anti-cop," and for profanity, drug use, and sexual references.
Banned and challenged for sexual references, profanity, violence, gambling, and underage drinking, and for its religious viewpoint.
Banned, challenged, and restricted for addressing teen suicide.
Banned and challenged for including LGBTQIA+ characters and themes
Banned and challenged for profanity, sexual references, and certain illustrations.
Challenged for depicting stereotypes of Mexican culture.
Challenged and burned for including LGBTQIA+ content
Challenged, burned, and hidden for including LGBTQIA+ content.