In an age where kids can access porn from the machines they carry in their pockets, banning books seems like an antiquated means of information control. But that doesn’t keep people from trying.
Every year hundreds of books (external - login to view) in schools and libraries are “challenged” around the United States, mostly by parents trying to keep their kids from coming across explicit material or values they disagree with. These complaints are tracked by the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom (OIF), which compiles an annual list of the most challenged books in the US.
To that end, here are the OIF’s top ten most-challenged books:
Banned Books Week: These are the top 10 books Americans tried to ban last year - Quartz (external - login to view)
9) A Stolen Life (2011), by Jaycee Dugard
Synopsis: Dugard’s memoir about her experience after being kidnapped at 11 and held captive for the next 18 years.
Reasons for challenge: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, sexually explicit.
Status: The book was removed from 7th-grade classroom libraries and taken off an elective reading list in Michigan’s Northview public middle school system.