10 Books They Don't Want You to ReadSex. Politics. Violence. Religion.
We may be a nation based on free speech, but such controversial subjects are enough for some people to try to get books banned from public schools and libraries--so you and your children can't read them.
Each year the American Library Association releases a list of the top 10 books that generated the most controversy, naming them the most "challenged" books in public schools and libraries.
A challenge is defined as "a formal, written complaint filed with a library or school requesting that a book or other material be restricted or removed because of its content or appropriateness."
The most challenged book last year was the bestseller "This One Summer," written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Jillian Tamaki. This young adult graphic novel tells the story of Rose, who goes every summer with her mom and dad to a lake house in Awago Beach. It's their getaway, their refuge. Rosie's friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never had. But this summer is different. Rose's mom and dad won't stop fighting, and when Rose and Windy seek a distraction from the drama, they find themselves with a whole new set of problems. One of the local teens, who is just a couple of years older than Rose and Windy, is caught up in something bad...something life-threatening. It's a summer of secrets and sorrow and growing up, and it's a good thing Rose and Windy have each other. The book has been described as "gorgeous, heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful story about a girl on the cusp of childhood--a story of renewal and revelation."
The top 10 most frequently challenged books of 2016 and the reasons given for challenging the book:
1. "This One Summer," written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
2. "Drama," written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier
3. "George," written by Alex Gino
4. "I Am Jazz," written by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings and illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas
5. "Two Boys Kissing," written by David Levithan
6. "Looking for Alaska," written by John Green
7. "Big Hard Sex Criminals," written by Matt Fraction and illustrated by Chip Zdarsky
8. "Make Something Up: Stories You Can't Unread," written by Chuck Palahniuk
9. "Little Bill" (series) written by Bill Cosby and illustrated by Varnette P. Honeywood
10. "Eleanor & Park," written by Rainbow Rowell