List of books challenged in Idaho since 2018

Ahead of Banned Books Week, Sept. 18-24, Idaho politicians obtained a list from the American Library Association of all those questioned in Idaho between 2018 and the end of August 2022. 66 books or series.

The American Library Association released its annual book report on censorship earlier this year, showing at the time that it tracked 729 challenges across 1,597 different titles throughout 2021.

You can report problematic books to ALA on your organization’s website.

The speed and ferocity with which books have been challenged has increased in recent years, with challenges ranging from school board meetings and classrooms to state capitols and political contests.

A record 729 challenges nationwide in 2021, far exceeding the 483 books challenged in 2018. The number of challenges last year was more than double the previous year. Those reporting books include parents, school administrators and board members, religious community members, librarians, teachers, students and elected officials.

According to the American Library Association, a nonprofit that promotes library education, most of the books challenged contained “diverse content,” with themes revolving around people of color, the LGBTQ+ community and people with disabilities.

In 2022 alone, the Nampa School Board voted to permanently remove 23 books from the Nampa School District library.

The Nampa School District’s decision to permanently remove the books isn’t the first example of a school ban in Idaho. In 2018, the West Ada School District pulled John Green’s New York Times bestseller “Finding Alaska” from the middle school library after a parent said it contained profanity and references to smoking and suicide. content.

Below are the books challenged in Idaho from 2018 to the end of August 2022. The numbers in parentheses are the number of times the book was challenged during that time period.

33 Seabass – Adam Rapp (1)

Bus 57: The True Story of Two Teens and the Crime That Changed Their Lives – Dashka Slater (1)

ABC of Equality – Chana Ginelle Ewing (1)

A Brave New World – Aldous Huxley (1)

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian – Sherman Alexei (2)

Court of Mist and Fury – Sarah J. Maas (1)

After a while – Laurie Salzler (1)

Tango Threes – Justin Richardson, Peter Parnell (1)

Auntie: Drag Queen Hero – Ellie Royce (1)

Dear – Tony Morrison (1)

Bless me, Ultima – Rudolf Anaya (1)

Bluest Eyes – Toni Morrison (3)

Call Us What We Carry: From the Inaugural Poet – Amanda Gorman (1)

Chocolate Wars – Robert Cormier (2)

Skyfire City – Cassandra Claire (1)

Clockwork Princess – Cassandra Claire (1)

Purple – Alice Walker (1)

Crank – Alan Hopkins (1)

Dad’s Roommate – Michael Willhoite (3)

Dear Martin – Nick Stone (1)

Drag Queen Diaries – Crystal Rasmussen (1)

Drag Teen – Jeffery Self (1)

Drama – Raina Telgemeier (2)

Dreaming in Cuba – Christina Garcia (1)

Eleanor and the Park – Rainbow Lowell (1)

Very Loud and Very Close – Jonathan Safran Foer (1)

Fallen Angels – Walter Dean Miles (1)

From Archie to Zack – Vincent X Kirsch (1)

Happy House: Family Tragic Comedy (1)

Gender Queer: A Memoir – Maia Kobabe (4)

Melissa – Alex Gino (1)

Giver – Lois Lowry (1)

Goodnight Stories of Rebel Girls: Stories of 100 Extraordinary Women (1)

The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood (1)

Harry Potter (series) – JK Rowling (1)

Heather With Two Moms – Leslea Newman (2)

Hey Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father, and How to Cope With Family Addiction – Jarrett Krosoczka (1)

Drag Queen’s Butt to Swish Swish – Lil Miss Hot Mess (1)

Impossible Beautiful House – Joseph Kassala (1)

I Am Jazz – Jessica Hessel, Sir Jennings (1)

I know why the caged bird sings – Maya Angelo (1)

It’s totally normal – Robbie H. Harris (4)

Jack (Not Jackie) – Erica Silverman (1)

The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini (1)

L8r, G8r – Lauren Maillark (1)

Lawn Boys – Jonathan Evison (3)

Leah On the Offbeat – Becky Albertalli (1)

The Long Road – Jason Reynolds (1)

Finding Alaska – John Green (2)

My Fairy Godmother is a Drag Queen – David Clausen (1)

Out of the Darkness – Ashley Hope Perez (1)

The Benefits of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chobowski (2)

The Prince and the Tailor – Wang Ren (1)

The Prince and the Knight – Daniel Huck (1)

The Roundhouse – Louise Erdridge (1)

Sex is a funny word – Corey Silverberg (1)

The Shout – Laurie Hals Anderson (1)

SOLD – Patricia McCormick (1)

What Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Tale – Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, Ann Hazzard, Jennifer Zivion (1)

Talking – Laurie Hals Anderson (1)

Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher (1)

The book is gay – Juno Dawson (1)

This Summer – Jillian Tamaki, Mariko Tamaki (1)

The Walking Dead (series) – Robert Kirkman (1)

We’re Good – Nina LaCour (1)

What are your words? : A Book About Pronouns – Kathryn Locke (1)

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