Thirteen Reasons Why tops most challenged books list, amid rising complaints to US libraries

The American Library Association has recorded an increase in ‘direct attacks on the freedom to read’, made by parents objecting to sex, profanity and LGBT characters in YA and children’s books

There was an increase in the number of attempts made to censor books in the US in 2017, with the number of challenges – “documented requests to remove materials from schools or libraries” – that were recorded by the American Library Association jumping from 323 in 2016 to 354.

The ALA attributed the “revitalised effort” of parents and community members to have certain books removed from schools and libraries to an increase in “blanket bans”, where entire topics – for example, all LGBT titles – are pulled from shelves. The ALA also said there had been a rise in individuals preemptively removing books without following policy, “because they are trying to (unsuccessfully) avoid controversy”.

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