"While we firmly support the right of every reader to choose or reject a book for themselves or their families, those objecting to a particular book should not be given the power to restrict other readers’ right to access and read that book,"' said Barbara Jones, director of ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom.
"As members of a pluralistic and complex society, we must have free access to a diverse range of viewpoints on the human condition in order to foster critical thinking and understanding. We must protect one of the most precious of our fundamental rights – the freedom to read."
The ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom received 348 reports on efforts to remove or restrict materials from school curricula and library bookshelves in 2010.
Below is the complete list of the ALA’s Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2010. Each title is followed by the reasons given for challenging the book.
1. "And Tango Makes Three" by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
Reasons: Homosexuality, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group
2. "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" by Sherman Alexie
Reasons: Offensive language, Racism, Sex Education, Sexually Explicit, Unsuited to Age Group, Violence
3. "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley
Reasons: Insensitivity (to what??? not given), Offensive Language, Racism, Sexually Explicit
4. "Crank" by Ellen Hopkins
Reasons: Drugs, Offensive Language, Sexually Explicit
(Isn't the point of this book to scare kids off drugs though?)
5. "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins
Reasons: Sexually Explicit (WHAT?), Unsuited to Age Group, Violence
6. "Lush" by Natasha Friend
Reasons: Drugs, Offensive Language, Sexually Explicit, Unsuited to Age Group
7. "What My Mother Doesn’t Know" by Sonya Sones
Reasons: Sexism, Sexually Explicit, Unsuited to Age Group
8. "Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By In America" by Barbara Ehrenreich
Reasons: Drugs, Inaccurate (lol), Offensive Language, Political Viewpoint, Religious Viewpoint
9. "Revolutionary Voices" edited by Amy Sonnie
Reasons: Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit
(NOT PICTURED; YOU'RE WELCOME.)
10. "Twilight" by Stephenie Meyer
Reasons: Religious Viewpoint, Violence
(Alternate Reasons: It is horrible, It is a travesty of professional writing.)
Thoughts? I think it's stupid to say a book's content is inappropriate if it's necessary to the message, a la Hunger Games.