Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2011
The ALA has released its list of the Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2011. The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom received 326 reports regarding attempts to remove or restrict materials from school curricula and library bookshelves.
The most challenged books were as follows:
1. ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle (offensive language; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group)
2. The Color of Earth (series), by Kim Dong Hwa (nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group)
3. The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins (anti-ethnic; anti-family; insensitivity; offensive language; occult/satanic; violence)
4. My Mom's Having A Baby! A Kid's Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy, by Dori Hillestad Butler (nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group)
5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie (offensive language; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group)
6. Alice (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (nudity; offensive language; religious viewpoint)
7. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley (insensitivity; nudity; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit)
9. Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily Von Ziegesar (drugs; offensive language; sexually explicit)
10. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee (offensive language; racism)
The list comes along with the ALA's 2012 State of America's Library Report, which it is issuing in conjunction with National Library Week (April 8-14). According to the 2012 report, free access to information is in jeopard with the ALA citing such issues as libraries' inability to get access to some e-books because of restrictions placed on their use by publishers and deep budget cuts. The whole report can be read here.