George, a children’s novel about a transgender girl, written by Alex Gino, is the most challenged book of 2018.
American Library Association has just released an annual report on the state of America’s libraries, which highlights facts about all kinds of libraries and issues affecting them.
The 2018 report, just like all previously released, includes a section that takes a closer look at banned and challenged books.
Last year, ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom recorded 347 challenges, out of which 62% affected the books. In total, as many as 483 books were challenged or banned in the United States. The infographic shown below presents the top 11 most challenged titles.
The No. 1 on the list is George, a children’s novel about a transgender girl, written by Alex Gino, and released by Scholastic in 2015. The reason for challenging the book is the presence of a transgender character.
Political and religious viewpoints, and LGBTQIA+ content are the reasons for challenging the second book on the list – A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss.
LGBTQIA+ content is the reason for challenging or banning a few other titles in the top 11:
- Drama – written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier
- This Day in June – written by Gayle E. Pitman and illustrated by Kristyna Litten
- Two Boys Kissing – by David Levithan
You can find the full text of 2019 State of America’s Libraries report here, complete with a downloadable pdf file.
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