The American Library Association recently released the 2011 list of most frequently challenged books. The most common reasons for objections are sex, profanity, and racism, and most challenges are toward materials in schools and school libraries.
Below is the top ten list of 2011. What do you think of these challenges?
1) “ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r” (series), by Lauren Myracle. Challenged for being grammatically incorrect, and having foul language, sexual content and questionable sexual behavior. The whole book is written as text messages. (ttyl: talk to you later).
2) “The Color of Earth” (series), by Kim Dong Hwa. Challenged for nudity (the books are graphic novels) and sexual content.
3) “The Hunger Games trilogy,” by Suzanne Collins. Challenged for it’s violence. According to this CNN article, other reasons it was challenged were 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. Challenged because for being inappropriate for children.
5) “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” by Sherman Alexie. Challenged because of violence, language, and some sexual content.
6) “Alice” (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. Challenged for sexual content and offensive language.
7) “Brave New World,” by Aldous Huxley. Challenged for sexual content, racially offensive language, and misinformation on Native Americans.
8) ”What My Mother Doesn’t Know,” by Sonya Sones. Challenged for sexual content.
9) “Gossip Girl” (series), by Cecily Von Ziegesar. Challenged for not being age appropriate and sexual content.
10) “To Kill a Mockingbird,” by Harper Lee. Challenged for language, adult themes, racial slurs.