Holy Bible Lands on Top 10 Most Challenged Books

Folsom Library-Reading Room-CindyFazziPicBelieve it or not, the Holy Bible was among the 10 most challenged books in 2015. The list, prepared annually by the American Library Association (ALA), also includes best-selling young adult and romance novels.

The “Top 10 Most Challenged Books” list is part of ALA’s “State of America’s Libraries Report.” The list is based on information compiled by the association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom. “Challenged” refers to a formal written complaint filed with a library or a school requesting that a book be removed or restricted because of its content.

Top 10 Most Challenged Books

Out of 275 challenges made in 2015, below are the top 10 and the reasons why. The first two books also made the list in 2014.

  1. “Looking for Alaska” by John Green (offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group)
  2. “Fifty Shades of Grey” by E. L. James (sexually explicit, unsuited for age group, poorly written)
  3. “I Am Jazz” by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings (inaccurate, homosexuality, sex education, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group)
  4. “Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out” by Susan Kuklin (anti-family, offensive language, homosexuality, unsuited for age group, sex education)
  5. “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” by Mark Haddon (offensive language, unsuited for age group, religious viewpoint)
  6. The Holy Bible (religious viewpoint)
  7. “Fun Home” by Alison Bechdel (violence and graphic images)
  8. Habibi” by Craig Thompson (nudity, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group)
  9. Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan” by Jeanette Winter (religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, violence)
  10. “Two Boys Kissing” by David Levithan (homosexuality, condones public displays of affection)

Read the ALA’s latest “State of America’s Libraries Report.”

Read last year’s list of Top 10 Most Challenged Books.


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  1. Fascinating, Cindy. I wonder if everyone who complains actually reads the whole book. Sort of voyeuristic. If I don’t like a book, I just put it down. Lots of religious input, it seems.

    • The Bible has been around forever, so why is it being challenged now? That’s the big question(:

      • I have no idea. Maybe because other holy books aren’t also available? Maybe some people believe religious texts shouldn’t be in schools libraries? I dislike censorship, but a lot of people are for it!

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