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Every year I’m surprised at just what books made it on to the top banned books of the year.
Year after year, To Kill a Mockingbird makes it on to the list.
What the times come for my boys to be old enough to read this book, I’m not only going to be okay with it, I’m going to encourage it.
Other books that have made it onto my children’s books list also include Drama (a graphic novel perfect for middle school) as well as And Tango Makes Three to help kids understand that families come in all forms.
Originally published in 2007, this New York Times bestseller has resurfaced as a controversial book after Netflix aired a TV series by the same name. This YA novel was challenged and banned in multiple school districts because it discusses suicide.
Consistently challenged since its publication in 2007 for acknowledging issues such as poverty, alcoholism, and sexuality, this National Book Award winner was challenged in school curriculums because of profanity and situations that were deemed sexually explicit.
This 2015 informational children’s book written by a certified sex educator was challenged because it addresses sex education and is believed to lead children to “want to have sex or ask questions about sex.”
Despite winning multiple awards and being the most searched-for book on Goodreads during its debut year, this YA novel was challenged and banned in school libraries and curriculums because it was considered “pervasively vulgar” and because of drug use, profanity, and offensive language.