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The ALA’s 2019 list of most frequently challenged books is as disheartening as ever.

Jessie Gaynor

April 20, 2020, 9:59am

The American Library Association has released its annual list of the most frequently challenged books, and while Harry Potter (and the Order of the Godless Friends) and The Handmaid’s Tale (hold on now, you’re saying this is a dys-topia?) managed to squeak into the top ten, the other eight on the list—including And Tango Makes Three, a picture book about two male penguins who raise a chick together, which is based on a true story—were challenged because of their LGBTQIA+ content.

Here’s the full list, if you want to start your week from a place of fury.

1. Alex Gino, George

2. Susan Kuklin, Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out

3. Jill Twiss, A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo, illustrated by EG Keller

4. Cory Silverberg, Sex is a Funny Word, illustrated by Fiona Smyth

5. Daniel Haack, Prince & Knight, illustrated by Stevie Lewis

6. Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, I Am Jazz, illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas

7. Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale

8. Raina Telgemeier, Drama

9. J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter series 

10. Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson, And Tango Makes Three, illustrated by Henry Cole

[via ALA]


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