The Year’s Most Challenged Books

Apr 8, 2019

Traditionally the ALA releases a Top Ten Most Challenged Books list within the State of America’s Libraries Report. For 2018, 11 books were selected, since two titles were tied for the final position on the list, and both books were burned by a religious activist to protest a Pride event. In 2018, the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) tracked 347 challenges to library, school and university materials and services. Overall, 483 books were challenged or banned in 2018, with the following comprising the top 11 most frequently challenged:

1. George, by Alex Gino
Reason: for including a transgender character

2. A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo, by Jill Twiss, illustrated by E. G. Keller
Reasons: for LGBTQIA+ content, political and religious viewpoints

3. Captain Underpants series, written and illustrated by Dav Pilkey
Reasons: for including a same-sex couple, perceived as encouraging disruptive behavior

4. The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas
Reasons: for profanity, drug use, sexual references, deemed “anti-cop”

5. Drama, written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier
Reason: for LGBTQIA+ characters and themes

6. Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher
Reason: for addressing teen suicide

7. This One Summer, by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
Reasons: for profanity, sexual references, certain illustrations

8. Skippyjon Jones series, written and illustrated by Judy Schachner
Reason: for depicting cultural stereotypes

9. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
Reasons: for profanity, sexual references, religious viewpoint

10. This Day in June, by Gayle E. Pitman, illustrated by Kristyna Litten
Reason: for LGBTQIA+ content

11. Two Boys Kissing, by David Levithan
Reason: for LGBTQIA+ content

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