Every year, certain books are challenged in public schools and libraries for a number of different reasons, including profanity, vulgarity, LGBTQIA+ content, references to magic and witchcraft, going against “family values/morals, being sensitive, controversial, or politically charged, and so on. In order to inform the public about this censorship, the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom compiles a list of the top challenged books based on reports and media stories.
566 books were targeted in 2019, and of those books the most challenged are listed below. You can check all of them out in at least one format from Abbot Public LIbrary, and many are in multiple physical or digital formats. Some even have movies or TV shows based on them, which you can reserve in DVD format for curbside pickup, currently with no charge!
George by Alex Gino (print, Overdrive/Libby app ebook and e-audiobook, hoopla e-audiobook)
Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin (print and Overdrive/Libby app ebook)
A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss, illustrated by EG Keller (Overdrive/Libby app ebook and hoopla ebook)
Sex is a Funny Word by Cory Silverberg, illustrated by Fiona Smyth (print and hoopla ebook)
Prince & Knight by Daniel Haack, illustrated by Stevie Lewis (print only)
I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas (print only)
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (regular print, large print, book on CD, related TV show Seasons 1-3, and Overdrive/Libby app ebooks)
Drama written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier (print and Overdrive/Libby app ebooks)
The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling:
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (regular print, large print, book on CD, DVD, and Overdrive ebook and e-audiobook)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (large print, book on CD, DVD, and Overdrive ebook and e-audiobook)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (print, DVD, and Overdrive ebook and e-audiobook)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (print, book on CD, DVD, and Overdrive ebook and e-audiobook)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (print, book on CD, DVD, and Overdrive ebook and e-audiobook)
- Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (print, book on CD, DVD, and Overdrive ebook and e-audiobook)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (print, book on CD, DVDs Part 1 and Part 2, and Overdrive ebook and e-audiobook)
All the Harry Potter books are also available on hoopla in different languages in ebook and audiobook format.
And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson illustrated by Henry Cole (print and hoopla e-audiobook)
Celebrate your freedom to read what you choose by reserving the above titles for Curbside Pickup (please read about the process here for reserving titles and setting up an appointment to pick them up), or checking them out online through our digital services.
Find out more about Banned Books Week on the American Library Association website or the Banned Book Week website, including the history of Banned Books Week, virtual events taking place this week, the Top 100 Most Banned and Challenged Books or the decade, and more!