Amerika kent een rijke historie in het verbieden van boeken in openbare bibliotheken en schoolbibliotheken. De American Library Association houdt al die pogingen van groepen of individuen om boeken te verbieden bij. Eerder deze maand maakte de organisatie bekend welke boeken het meest onder vuur werden genomen in 2015, een nogal uiteenlopende lijst.

1 Looking for Alaska, by John Green

Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.

2 Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James

Reasons: Sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and other (“poorly written,” “concerns that a group of teenagers will want to try it”).

3 I Am Jazz, by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings

Reasons: Inaccurate, homosexuality, sex education, religious viewpoint, and unsuited for age group.

4 Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out, by Susan Kuklin

Reasons: Anti-family, offensive language, homosexuality, sex education, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“wants to remove from collection to ward off complaints”).

5 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon

Reasons: Offensive language, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“profanity and atheism”).

6 The Holy Bible

Reasons: Religious viewpoint.

7 Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel

Reasons: Violence and other (“graphic images”).

8 Habibi, by Craig Thompson

Reasons: Nudity, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.

9 Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan, by Jeanette Winter

Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group, and violence.

10 Two Boys Kissing, by David Levithan

Reasons: Homosexuality and other (“condones public displays of affection”).

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