ALA reveals ‘most frequently challenged books’ in 2015
The American Library Association (ALA) has released a list of most frequently challenged books in 2015. Topping the list was Looking for Alaska (John Green, HarperCollins), followed by Fifty Shades of Grey (E L James, Arrow), I Am Jazz (Jessica Herthel & Jazz Jennings, Penguin), Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out (Susan Kuklin, Candlewick Press) and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Mark Haddon, Random House). A challenge is defined as a formal, written complaint, filed with a library or school requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness. Some of the common reasons cited for a challenge are ‘offensive language’, ‘sexually explicit’, ‘unsuited for age group’ and ‘sex education’. To see the full list of most frequently challenged books, click here.