The Top 11 Books Americans Tried To Ban Last Year
Hundreds of individuals in the U.S. issue challenges to their local schools or libraries every year, attempting to get certain books banned. The typical reasoning is that the book in question highlights or endorses a value that the challenger doesn’t hold, and doesn’t want their child exposed to.
As a result, the running list of the top most challenged book titles in the U.S. — operated by the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom — offers a unique window into the state of the union: Any hot-button topics that parents are the most up in arms about will be revealed through the books that they found most offensive.
Every year, I am astonished by this list. It always feels like the people censoring the books are afraid that kids will learn about reality.