The 10 Most Challenged Books in the U.S.

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The 10 Most Challenged Books in the U.S.

Banned Books Week may have ended last Friday, but that’s no reason to stop celebrating the freedom to read. If you’re looking for a great book, try picking up one of the 10 most challenged titles in the United States last year. They range from a children’s picture book about two penguin dads (And Tango Makes Three) to a bestselling comic book series about two lovers on opposite sides of an intergalactic war (Saga).

The American Library Association (ALA) defines a “challenge” as an attempt to remove or restrict a book based upon the objections of a person or group. Libraries across the nation received 311 challenges against various books in 2014 alone, as cited in the ALA’s State of America’s Libraries Report. You can view the most challenged books in the gallery, and make sure to check out the ALA’s infographic about book challenges for more information.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie


Reasons: Anti-family, cultural insensitivity, drugs/alcohol/smoking, gambling, offensive language, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group, violence, depictions of bullying

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi


Reasons: Gambling, offensive language, politically/racially offensive

And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell


Reasons: Anti-family, promotes the homosexual agenda, politically/religiously offensive, unsuited for age group

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison


Reasons: Sexually explicit, contains controversial issues, unsuited for age group

It's Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris


Reasons: Nudity, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group, alleged to be child pornography

Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples


Reasons: Anti-family, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group

The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini


Reasons: Offensive language, violence, unsuited for age group

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky


Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, offensive language, sexually explicit, masturbation, unsuited for age group

A Stolen Life: A Memoir by Jaycee Dugard


Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group

Drama by Raina Telgemeier


Reason: Sexually explicit