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Meet the Top 11 Most Challenged Books of 2018
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Originally published in the State of America's Libraries Report 2019
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Who initiates challenges in 2018. 13% board/administration 10% librarians/teachers 6% political/religious groups 3% elected officials 3% students Why are books challenged in 2018? 59% public libraries 23% school libraries 14% schools 3% academic libraries 1% special/prison libraries
Reasons for book challenges: LGBTQIA+, political viewpoint, obscenity, profanity, nudity, violence, sex education, cultural insensitivity, religious viewpoint, dirty magazines, teen suicide, pornographic, glorifies criminals Censorship Beyond Books. The ALA has noticed an increase in attempts to censor drag queen story hours and LGBTQIA+ programming, as well as challenges to remove access to databases. The American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom tracked 347 challenges in 2018. Here's the breakdown: 62% books, 15% programs, meeting rooms, 10% databases, magazines, films, games, 6% displays, artwork 7% other (includes access, social media, hate crimes
Challenge: attempt to remove or restrict materials or services based on content. Ban: removal of materials or cancellation of services based on content Five types of book censorship in 2018: vandalizing pages, hiding resources, requiring parental permission to access content, removing materials, burning books. 200+ books donated to Orange City (Iowa) Public Library after four LGBTQIA+ library books were burned by a religious activist.


List of 2018 Banned and Challenged Books 

Below is a list of books that were banned or challenged in 2018, compiled by the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom. 

List of banned and challenged books in 2018  



#1 Most Challenged Book, "George": "Readers going through a similar experience will feel that they are no longer alone, and cisgender (non-transgender) readers may gain understanding and empathy." --BookPage review #1 Most Challenged Book, "George": Did you know "George" wasedited by David Levithan, author of the #11 Most Challenged Books of 2018 "Two Boys Kissing"?
#2 Most Challenged Book, Marlon Bundo: The children's book is dedicated to "every bunny who has ever felt different." #2 Most Challenged Books of 2018, "Marlon Bundo": 100% of Last Week Tonight's proceeds fro mthe book are donated to The Trevor Project and AIDS United
#3 Captain Underpants: "From now on**, you won't be reading any more words like heck, or tinkle, or fart, or pee-pee." **Except on pages 44 and 48 #4 Most Challenged Book, "The Hate U Give": "What's the point of having a voice if you're gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn't be?"
#5 Most Challenged Book, "Drama": "In this realistic and sympathetic story, feelings and thoughts leap off the page, revealing Telgemeier's keen eye for young teen life." -- Booklist starred review #6 Most Challenged Book, "Thirteen Reasons Why": One high school created "13 Reasons Why Not," a project where teens talked about their problems and thanked someone for their help.
#7 Most Challenged Book, "This One Summer": "A book doesn't stop existing by taking it off the shelf. Nor do the ideas contained within." Mariko Tamaki, Jillian Tamaki #8 Most Challenged Book, "Skippyjon Jones": "We live together, love together, laugh together, and read together. No one should tell ... any child that they can't read the books they love." -- Judy Schachner
#8 Most Challenged Book, "Skippyjon Jones": "My name is Skippito Friskito. I fear not a single bandito. My manners are mellow, I'm sweet like the Jello-o, I get the job done, yes indeed-o." #9 Most Challenged Book, "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian": This YA novel has been on the list of most frequently challenged titles 7 times in the past 9 years.
#10 Most Challenged Book, "This Day in June": Did you know "This Day in June" was the inspiration for ALA's first GLBT Book Month artwork? #11 Most Challenged Book "Two Boys Kissing": "There is no reason that we should ever be ashamed of our bodies or ashamed of our love."


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From the Authors of the Top 11 Most Challenged Books

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In this 2014 video, Dav Pilkey explains how you can express concern about a book without undermining the freedom to read of those around you by making a simple change. Transcript available



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