American Library Association names 2018’s most complained-about books

Books listed were banned due to their content deemed unsuitable for readership.

On Monday, the American Library Association released its annual list of the most challenged books – as part of National Library Week.

The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom selected 11 titles out of the 483 books that were either banned or restricted from public access last year.

Ranking No 1 on the list is Alex Gino’s “George,” a novel with a transgender child as its main protagonist.

The book is believed to “encourage children to clear browser history and change their bodies using hormones.”

TV host John Oliver’s show made its debut on the list with best-selling parody “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents A Day in The Life of Marlon Bundo.”

The book, credited to staff writer Jill Twiss, was a response to the Pences’ conservative social viewpoint – picturing the US Vice President’s family bunny as gay.

Other books cited include Angie Thomas’s bestseller “The Hate U Give,” which revolves around a teen activist whose friend is shot by police, and Jay Asher’s “Thirteen Reasons Why,” which addresses teen suicide.

The report also includes Sherman Alexie’s prize-winning “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” – which has been featured in the ALA’s list six times since its publication in 2007.

Although the ALA usually lists ten books, 11 titles were included this year as two tied for 10th place. Gayle E. Pitman and Kristyna Litten’s “This Day in June” and David Leviathan’s “Two Boys Kissing” were both cited for their LGBTQ+ content.

The ALA’s report is based on news reports and accounts submitted from libraries across the United States. The association believes that many challenges still go unreported.

Discover the full list on the official website of the American Library Association: www.ala.org