Back in April, I read the American Library Association's list of the Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2020, and I decided that I was going to read and review all ten of those books. As I made my way through these books, I took the time to think deeply about each of them; I considered why people have had concerns about and made complaints against each book, whether any of these concerns or complaints were worth consideration, and just what goes into selecting books for suggested or required reading. These 10 books encompass a wide variety of literature: children's, adolescent, young adult, and adult are all represented; fiction and nonfiction; old and new. The only completely unifying thread across all of these books is that they were challenged heavily last year--individuals and groups lodged formal requests or demands to remove them from curriculums or libraries.
After school, Emma asked her mother: "Why did the police shoot that man?"
Every year, the American Library Association releases a list of the Top 10 Most Challenged Books of the previous year. This year, I am setting a personal goal to read all 10 of the Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2020, and I'd like to invite you to join me.
Elizabeth Wilcox. Writer, Avid Role-Player, Amateur Mixologist. Survivor.