Good/Transparency has created an interactive viewer of the 2009 Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged books that is very well done.
The top 10 titles most challenged titles of 2009 were:
Reasons: Nudity, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group, Drugs
The new books to the list are Twilight (series) by Stephenie Meyer and My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult.
The titles dropped from the list were:
- His Dark Materials Trilogy (Series) by Philip Pullman
- Scary Stories (Series) by Alvin Schwartz
- Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
- Gossip Girl (Series) by Cecily von Ziegesar
- Uncle Bobby’s Wedding by Sarah S. Brannen
- The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
- Flashcards of My Life by Charise Mericle Harper
For nearly 20 years, the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) has collected reports on book challenges. A challenge is defined as a formal, written complaint, filed with a library or school, requesting that materials be removed or restricted because of content or appropriateness. In 2009, OIF received 460 reports on efforts to remove or restrict materials from school curricula and library bookshelves.
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