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ALA Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2019

George by Alex Gino*

Reason: challenged, banned, restricted, and hidden to avoid controversy; for LGBTQIA+ content and a transgender character; because schools and libraries should not “put books in a child’s hand that require discussion”; for sexual references; and for conflicting with a religious viewpoint and “traditional family structure”

*Marist library does not currently own a copy of this book, click on the book cover to request it from another library

Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin*

Reasons: challenged for LGBTQIA+ content, for “its effect on any young people who would read it,” and for concerns that it was sexually explicit and biased

*Marist library does not currently own a copy of this book, click on the book cover to request it from another library

A Day In The Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss, illustrated by EG Keller*

Reason: Challenged and vandalized for LGBTQIA+ content and political viewpoints, for concerns that it is “designed to pollute the morals of its readers,” and for not including a content warning

*Marist library does not currently own a copy of this book, click on the book cover to request it from another library

Sex is a Funny Word by Cory Silverberg, illustrated by Fiona Smyth

Reasons: Challenged, banned, and relocated for LGBTQIA+ content; for discussing gender identity and sex education; and for concerns that the title and illustrations were “inappropriate” 

Prince & Knight by Daniel Haack, illustrated by Stevie Lewis

Reasons: Challenged and restricted for featuring a gay marriage and LGBTQIA+ content; for being “a deliberate attempt to indoctrinate young children” with the potential to cause confusion, curiosity, and gender dysphoria; and for conflicting with a religious viewpoint

I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas*


Reasons: Challenged and relocated for LGBTQIA+ content, for a transgender character, and for confronting a topic that is “sensitive, controversial, and politically charged”

*Marist library does not currently own a copy of this book, click on the book cover to request it from another library

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood


Reasons: Banned and challenged for profanity and for “vulgarity and sexual overtones”

Drama written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier


Reasons: Challenged for LGBTQIA+ content and for concerns that it goes against “family values/morals”

Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling


Reasons: Banned and forbidden from discussion for referring to magic and witchcraft, for containing actual curses and spells, and for characters that use “nefarious means” to attain goals

And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson illustrated by Henry Cole


Reason: Challenged and relocated for LGBTQIA+ content

Banned Books Infographic Who Initiates the Challenges

Banned Books Infographic Where do challenges take place

Banned Books Infographic: Reasons for Challenges

Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 by library activist Judith Krug. It is both a celebration of the freedom to read and an awareness campaign drawing attention to banned and challenged book. Thousands of libraries, bookstores and schools around the country participate by hosting events and mounting displays. 

Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA), the American Booksellers AssociationAmerican Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression(ABFFE), American Society of Journalists and AuthorsAssociation of American Publishers, National Association of College Stores, and endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

banned books infographic censorship attempt numbers for 2019