2015 Book Challenges Infographic Long

2015 Book Challenges Infographic


Of 275 challenges recorded by the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF), the "2015 Top Ten Most Challenged Books" are:

1) Looking for Alaska, by John Green

Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group

2) Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James

Reasons: Sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and other: “poorly written,” “concerns that a group of teenagers will want to try it.”

3) I Am Jazz, by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings

Reasons: Inaccurate, homosexuality, sex education, religious viewpoint, and unsuited for age group

4) Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out, by Susan Kuklin

Reasons: Anti-family, offensive language, homosexuality, sex education, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other: “wants to remove from collection to ward off complaints”

5) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon

Reasons: Offensive language, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other: “profanity and atheism”

6) Holy Bible

Reasons: Religious viewpoint, Violence, and other: “violence”

7) Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel

Reasons: Violence, and other: “graphic images”

8) Habibi, by Craig Thompson

Reasons: Nudity, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group

9) Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan, by Jeanette Winter

Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group, and violence

10) Two Boys Kissing, by David Levithan

Reasons: Homosexuality, and other: “condones public displays of affection”

Understanding Book Challenges

9 of the Top Ten Challenged Books include Diverse content*

*Definition: www.oif.ala.org/oif/?p=6284

Who Challenges Books?

  • Parent 40%
  • Patron 27%
  • Administrator/Board 10%
  • Pressure group 6%
  • Librarian/Teacher 6%
  • Government Body 4%
  • Other 7%

Where Are Books Challenged?

· Public Library 45%

· School Library 19%

· School (Curriculum and Programming) 28%

· Other 8%

Why Are Books Challenged?

  • Abortion
  • Anti-Ethnic
  • Inaccurate
  • Sexism
  • Gangs
  • Occult Satanism
  • Political Viewpoint
  • Racism
  • Sex Education
  • Suicide
  • Cultural Insensitivity
  • Drugs, Alcohol, Smoking
  • Anti-Family
  • Homosexuality
  • Nudity
  • Offensive
  • Language
  • Religious Viewpoint
  • Violence
  • Unsuited For Age Group
  • Sexually Explicit
  • Homosexuality
  • Immigration
  • Mention of Allah
  • Prostitution
  • Atheism
  • Islam
  • Evil
  • Anti-Police
  • Glorifies Criminals
  • Liberal Propaganda
  • Confuses Children
  • Sexual Slavery
  • Gender Non-Conformity
  • Glorifies Islamic Jihad
  • Promotes Perversion
  • Bisexuality
  • Racist to Whites

Statistics on challenged books are compiled by American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom.

Learn more about banned and challenged books at: http://ala.org/bbooks