MOST CHALLENGED BOOKS OF 2015
This week is National Library Week (April 10-16). One of my favorites things to do, when I was a child, and now, was go to the library. I don't go as much since I have gotten my Nook Color! I need a visit once again!
Interesting to me this week was the list of Most Challenged Books of 2015. I will list these books here for you!
1)Looking for Alaska by John Green. This book was singled out for offensive language, sexual explicitness, and being unsuitable for teens. This book has been on the list before and then dropped off last year only to be added again this year.
2)Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James. This doesn't surprise me, does it you? The book was challenged for its sexual explicitness, unsuitability for age group, and that it is poorly written. This book was on the list in 2012 and 2013, then dropped off. Back again this year!!
3)I am Jazz, by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings. This book tells the story of a trans-gender child and her difficulties. The book was challenged for it's inaccuracies, homosexuality, and sex education challenges.
4)Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin. Challengers call this book anti-family and cites its views on homosexuality.
5)The Curious Incident of the dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon. This is a story told from a teenager view about autism. It is challenged for its language and its suitability for its age group.
6) The Holy Bible. This is the first time the Bible has been on this list!! The challenge is for its religious viewpoint.
7)Fun Home by Allison Benchdel. This is a graphic novel talking about what growing up with a sexually closeted father was like. The book is challenged for violence and graphic images.
8)Habbibi by Craig Thompson is another graphic novel which focuses on the Islamic culture and two slave children. It is challenged for nudity and sexual content.
9)Nasreen's Secret School:A True Story from Afghanistan by Jeanette Winter. The book is aimed at kids aged 6-9 and tells the story of a little girl's life after the takeover of the Taliban in 1999. It was challenged for religious viewpoint and unsuitability for this age group.
10)Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan. The book was challenged for its depiction of homosexuality.
I found this to be a fascinating list. With the exception of The Holy Bible, I haven't read any of the other books. But, now, I want to. I am not in favor of censoring books. I think books that are in libraries where young people can have full access to them should be monitored. But that is up to a parent, in my opinion. This years list seems to focus on homosexuality and religion, which are both hot topics in todays world. I probably wouldn't have a problem with Darian and Harley reading any of these books if they wanted to. I would certainly look through the book first. What are your feelings about challenged or censored books? Doesn't it just make you more want to read it? Have you read any of these on the 2015 Challenged List?