Ardmore Library Carries Seven of 2011’s ‘Most Challenged’ Books

A look at the 'Most Challenged' library books of the past year.

The 21st Century is doubtless an unprecedentedly difficult time to be a parent, what with all the unique threats and value-eroding temptations today’s children face: the Internet, designer drugs, books.

Fortunately, at least one of these threats is being confronted.

The American Library Association (ALA) released its annual list of the most frequently challenged library books of the year on Monday, seven of which are presently carried by .

Below is the complete list of challenged books, and the reason parents have attempted to have them pulled from the shelves:

(All but ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r, My Mom’s Having A Baby!, and Alice are available for checkout at the Ardmore Library.)

2011's Most Challenged Library Books

  1. ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series) by Lauren Myracle. Reason for challenges: Offensive language; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  2. The Color of Earth (series) by Kim Dong Hwa. Reason for challenges: Nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  3. The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. Reason for challenges: Anti-ethnic; anti-family; insensitivity; offensive language; occult/satanic; violence
  4. My Mom’s Having A Baby! A Kid’s Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy, by Dori Hillestad Butler. Reason for challenges: Nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. Reason for challenges: Offensive language; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  6. Alice (series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. Reason for challenges: Nudity; offensive language; religious viewpoint
  7. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. Reason for challenges: Insensitivity; nudity; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit
  8. What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones. Reason for challenges: Nudity; offensive language; sexually explicit
  9. Gossip Girl (series) by Cecily Von Ziegesar. Reason for challenges: Drugs; offensive language; sexually explicit
  10. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Reason for challenges: Offensive language; racism
Anne April 13, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Nudity a reason for Brave New World? I didn't know it had pictures! And To Kill A Mockingbird??!! I consider both of these to be classics, to be read in perspective.
Joe Howard April 15, 2012 at 05:25 AM
Speak up, two voters who said "yes" ... Ignorance might be bliss for you. For the rest of us, it got us George W. Bush and Sarah Palin.
Kate Campbell April 15, 2012 at 11:38 AM
Maybe there is an illustrated version of Brave New World?
TSL April 16, 2012 at 03:48 AM
To Kill a Mockingbird certainly has racism, but only in that it depicts (rather unfavorably, by purpose) the time and culture of its setting. A must-read.
Joe Howard April 16, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Hey #3, how about you? How do you justify banning books? Good God. it's 2012.


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