Reader, what do you think about banning a book not because it has objectionable content, but because its writer stands accused of sexual assault?
Bill Cosby's children's book series Little Bill is one of the most banned books in America... According to a list compiled by the American Library Association the Little Bill book series ranks no.9 on the 2016 list of books banned from public libraries and the only one on the list because of “criminal sexual allegations against the author.”
On Monday, the American Library Association released its annual report of the most-challenged books and articles nationwide. Among the 10 titles that parents and other gatekeepers challenged or banned are coming-of-age graphic novel This One Summer and Drama, an illustrated story with an LGBTQ character.
The no.1 book on the list, young adult novel “This One Summer,” was banned over its inclusion of LGBT characters, drug use and profanity. The list is compiled based on 323 challenges reported to the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom. About 10 percent of the reported challenges resulted in the removal of the book.
In fact, LGBTQ stories made up the bulk of this year’s top 10 list, with novels such as David Levithan’s Two Boys Kissing and Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings’ I Am Jazz, about a transgender character, also making appearances. An ALA challenge is broadly defined; it can mean a person or group lodged a request to remove a title from a library or from a school’s curriculum.