In a surprising turn of events, “Fifty Shades of Grey” no longer receives the most complaints amongst library patrons. Instead, “Captain Underpants,” a children’s book which features characters, such as Wedgie Woman and Professor Poopypants, has topped this year’s list of most challenged books in U.S. libraries.
Over 400 complaints were received by the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, which is an increase from under 330 complaints received in 2011. These complaints filed by patrons across the nation, include formal requests that these affable children’s books be removed from library and school bookshelves immediately.
Books are often challenged for a variety of reasons, including graphic, disturbing subject matter and vulgar language. Other novels which are commonly challenged, are those that focus attention on controversial topics, such as same sex marriage, drug use, and illegal activity.
“Fifty Shades of Gray” had topped the list, until this year. Although “Captain Underpants” books have remained high on the list of challenged books since 2002, this is the first year that the series has taken the number one position.
Other books included in the top ten spots on the “most challenged” list, are: “The Absolutely True Diaries of a Part-Time Indian,” by Sherman Alexie, “Thirteen Reasons Why,” by Jay Asher, “And Tango Makes Three,” by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson, “The Kite Runner,” by Khaled Hosseini, “Looking for Alaska,” by John Green, “Scary Stories,” by Alvin Schwartz, “The Glass Castle,” by Jeanette Walls, and “Beloved,” by Toni Morrison.
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