Which of These Books Are Often Banned?
What book has been the most banned in schools for the last three years?
- Since 2018, George by Alex Gino has been the book most banned in schools according to the American Library Association. It has been banned for LGBTQ+ content, opposing religious views, and "not aligning with community views."
What is the most banned book of the decade?
- For the past decade, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie has been the book banned the most times in schools. It has been banned for profanity, sexual content, and discussing poverty, alcoholism, and sexuality.
What book was banned for "being against male students"?
- Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson has been in the top 10 of the most banned books for a few years. It's been banned for discussing rape, sexuality, and "showing bias against male students."
What book was banned for "not containing information about racism against all races"?
- Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds was banned not only for Reynold's public statements, but also because some people felt it didn't portray real incidents or contain information on "racism against all races."
What series was banned for containing witchcraft?
- The Harry Potter series has been banned for years, mostly due to its portrayal of magic, witchcraft, and spells. Though some complaints also wanted the book banned for the characters' "nefarious" ways when achieving goals.
What picture book has been banned the past few years due to LGBTQ+ content?
- For years, And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson illustrated by Henry Cole has been on the top 10 banned book list due to its LGBTQ+ content and representation of a family with two fathers.
Which book has been banned for being "anti-cop"?
- Since even before its official publication, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas has been on the top 10 most banned book list. It's been banned for profanity, violence, and because some deemed it "anti-cop."
Which book was banned for being "poorly written" along with its sexual content?
- Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James has been on the most banned book list for quite some time, mostly for the explicit content; however, some complaints banned the book for poor writing and fear that children will attempt to replicate the actions.
What series has been banned multiple times for violence and misspelled words?
- The Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey has been on the top 10 list for years, with many complaints claiming it has too much violence and misspelled words, and setting a bad example.
Which series has been banned for being anti-ethnic and satanic?
- Some Christian commentators claimed that the book's use of Classical Greek imagery (many details in the book indirectly reference the Zodiac) had an occult influence on the youth.