"George" Tops List of Most Challenged Books of 2018

The American Library Association Office of Intellectual Freedom has released its annual list of most challenged books.

The American Library Association Office of Intellectual Freedom (ALA OIF) released its list of Most Challenged Books of 2018 today. Alex Gino's George was No. 1 on the list that goes to 11 this year, because two titles were tied for the 10th and final spot. Those two books—This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman and Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan—were also both burned by a religious activist to protest a Pride event, according to the ALA OIF.

It was another year of familiar titles and reasons for challenging (with LGBTQIA+ characters or themes leading the way). George has made the list three years in a row. The story of a transgender child was No. 5 for 2017 and No. 3 for books challenged in 2016. Other titles once again on the list included Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey, Drama by Raina Telgemeier, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie and Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, which was No. 1 for 2017.

New to the list, A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo, came in at No. 2. The 2018 picture book was written by Jill Twiss, a staff writer on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and illustrated by E.G. Keller. The show created the book about vice president Mike Pence's pet rabbit after Pence's wife and daughter wrote one of their own. In the Oliver-guided version, Bundo is gay and marries a boy bunny. Proceeds from sales of the books went to LGBTQ-related charities.

The ALA OIF's annual list tracks challenges to library, school, and university materials and services in the previous calendar year.

"Censorship leaves us in the dark," the organization's video announcement of the list said. "Shutting down discussion only ends up spreading fear, distrust, and ignorance. That's why it's more important than ever to keep the light on by allowing everyone to access materials from all viewpoints."

Of the 483 books reported to ALA OIF as challenged or banned in 2018, here is the complete list of the top 11 most challenged and the reasons why they were challenged:


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Jacquee Harris

Can't remember the last time honest portrayals of LBGTQIA+ kids and teens *didn't* represent a majority of the list....

Posted : Apr 08, 2019 07:04



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