These are the most challenged books in the US

During Banned Books Week, the American Library Association highlights the most banned or challenged books

By Staff

Published September 23, 2018

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Each year, the American Library Association uses Banned Books Week to highlight issues of censorship. This year, Banned Books Week is Sept. 23 to 29.

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These were the 10 most challenged books in 2017. The ALA bases its list on news reports and voluntary reports of challenges, often related to schools or school districts.

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I am Jazz, By Jazz Jennings

Stated reason for challenges: It discusses gender identity

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And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

Stated reasons for challenges: It includes a same-sex relationship

Little Simon


The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas

Stated reasons for challenges: It includes drug use, profanity and "offensive" language

Balzer + Bray


To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

Stated reasons for challenges: Violence and use of the N-word

Grand Central Publishing


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

Stated reasons for challenges: It addresses sex education

Triangle Square


George, by Alex Gino

Stated reasons for challenges: It includes a transgender child

Scholastic Press


The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini

Stated reasons for challenges: It has sexual violence, "leads to terrorism" and "promotes Islam"

Riverhead Books


Drama, by Raina Telgemeier

Stated reasons for challenges: It includes LGBT characters



The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie

Stated reasons for challenges: Profanity and sexually explicit situations

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers


Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher

Stated reasons for challenges: It discusses suicide