The Ten Most Challenged Books of 2019

The American Library Association just released their list of the Top 10 Challenged Books of 2019.  I’m proud to say that I’ve read all but three of them.

The scariest thing to me is why they’ve been challenged. Except for Harry Potter it is all about sex and gender.  Americans certainly have more than their fair share of hangups.

Keep in mind, these books are on this list not because a parent said, “That book isn’t right for my kid.”  They are on this list because a whole lot of people said, “This book needs to be off the reading list or library book shelf.”

Granted some of these books deal with difficult topics but the world is a difficult place.  Limiting reading material isn’t going to remove something from the world.  It is only going to limit the tools that young readers have at their disposal as they learn about the world.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a book to finish writing (deadline today!) and three books to request from the library.