Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2017

Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2017

The ALA (American Library Association) Office for Intellectual Freedom tracked 354 challenges to library, school, and university materials in 2017. Of the 416 books challenged or banned in 2017, the Top 10 Most Challenged Books are:

  1. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Originally published in 2007, this New York Times bestseller has resurfaced as a controversial book after Netflix aired a TV series by the same name. This YA novel was challenged and banned in multiple school districts because it discusses suicide.

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

Consistently challenged since its publication in 2007 for acknowledging issues such as poverty, alcoholism, and sexuality, this National Book Award winner was challenged in school curriculums because of profanity and situations that were deemed sexually explicit. [Note: This book was the 2008 BSC Campus Read selection.]

  1. Drama written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier

This Stonewall Honor Award-winning, 2012 graphic novel from an acclaimed cartoonist was challenged and banned in school libraries because it includes LGBT characters and was considered “confusing.”

  1. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

This critically acclaimed, multigenerational novel was challenged and banned because it includes sexual violence and was thought to “lead to terrorism” and “promote Islam.”

  1. George by Alex Gino

Written for elementary-age children, this Lambda Literary Award winner was challenged and banned because it includes a transgender child.

  1. Sex is a Funny Word written by Cory Silverberg and illustrated by Fiona Smyth

This 2015 informational children’s book written by a certified sex educator was challenged because it addresses sex education and is believed to lead children to “want to have sex or ask questions about sex.”

  1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, considered an American classic, was challenged and banned because of violence and its use of the N-word.

  1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Despite winning multiple awards and being the most searched-for book on Goodreads during its debut year, this YA novel was challenged and banned in school libraries and curriculums because it was considered “pervasively vulgar” and because of drug use, profanity, and offensive language.

9.  And Tango Makes Three written by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson and illustrated by Henry Cole

Returning after a brief hiatus from the Top Ten Most Challenged list, this ALA Notable Children’s Book, published in 2005, was challenged and labeled because it features a same-sex relationship.

  1. I Am Jazz written by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings and illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas

This autobiographical picture book co-written by the 13-year-old protagonist was challenged because it addresses gender identity.

Source: American Library Association (



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Happy Birthday to the 14th Dalai Lama

July 6

“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” — Tenzin Gyatso


Happy birthday to the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, born on this day in 1935.

The Dalai Lama, political and spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, at his home. Tenzin Gyatso is the 14th and current Dalai Lama. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.


4th of July Holiday Hours

The Library will be CLOSED* on Wednesday, July 4, for the 4th of July holiday.

Have a wonderful celebration!

*Even when we are closed, you can check out an ebook, watch streaming video, listen to music, read magazine, journal, & newspaper articles, etc. The Library catalog and databases are available 24/7.



Thank You, Radius Books!

We were delighted to receive a donation of eleven hardcover art and photography books from Radius Books.

Radius Books, a 501(c)3 non-profit art book publishing company, believes that “the arts — all arts — are vital to our nation and our culture’s future.” The donation program is one way Radius Books hopes “to create and promote an ongoing dialogue among writers, thinkers, artists, students, teachers, and librarians.”

Stop by & check them out!

Read a Book, Add Years to Your Life

It’s true. Reading books can add years to your life. 

In 2016, researchers from Yale University’s School of Public Health dug into 12 years of HRS (Health and Retirement Study) data about the reading habits and health of 3,600+ men and women over age 50.

A hopeful pattern emerged:

  • People who read books — fiction or nonfiction, ­poetry or prose — for as little as 30 minutes a day over several years were living an average of two years longer than people who didn’t read anything at all
  • Book readers who reported more than three hours of reading each week were 23 percent less likely to die than their peers who read only newspapers or magazines

Check out a BOOK today and READ! 


Bavishi, Avni, Martin D. Slade, and Becca R. Levy. “A chapter a day: association of book reading with longevity.” Social Science & Medicine 164, (September 2016): 44-48. Academic Search Premier, EBSCOhost (accessed June 21, 2018).

Specktor, Brandon. “Here’s why your brain needs you to read every single day.” (accessed June 21, 2018).

We Remember Anne Frank on Her Birthday, June 12

Anne Frank’s diary charts two years of her life from 1942 to 1944, while she and her family were in hiding in Amsterdam from German Nazis. The diary begins just before the family retreated to their ‘Secret Annexe’.

Anne Frank, born on June 12, 1929, was one of the millions of victims of the Holocaust.  Anne died of typhus at the age of 15 in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945.  Her diary, published as The Diary of Anne Frank, tells the story of her experiences while in hiding with her family in Amsterdam during World War II.

Want to know more about Anne Frank and this time in history?  The BSC Library has the information you need.