The top ten banned books Atlanta librarians think you should read

Librarians with the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System suggests books to read during Banned Books Week.

Library systems across the country are joining the American Library Association’s annual Banned Books Week which runs now through Sept. 30.

The annual event celebrates the freedom to read and serves as a reminder of the importance of open access to information and ideas, even if they are non-traditional or unpopular.

Book banning is not a thing of the past. In 2016, 323 challenges were reported to the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom. Between 82 and 97% of book challenges are never reported to ALA.

Among the top ten most challenged books last year, half were challenged because they included LGBT characters or content. Others were challenged because of sexually explicit content, profanity and in one case, because the author was facing criminal sexual allegations.

The top ten banned or challenged books of 2016 are as follows:

Librarians with the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System invite local readers to join in the fight for freedom of speech by reading a banned book. Here are the top ten banned books selected by local librarians:

  1. The Wish Giver by Bill Brittain
  2. An Alphabet for Rotten Kid by Davide S. Elliot
  3. A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
  4. Jean Has Two Moms (Jean a deux mamans) by Ophélie Texier
  5. Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause
  6. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  7. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
  8. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
  9. Black Boy by Richard Wright
  10. This One Summer by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki

Reader Comments 0


Are these books actually banned from libraries?  Or is purchasing or not purchasing them a choice made by local library purchasing committees, choices the residents and taxpayers certainly have the right upon which to comment.  And these comments constitute the entire "323 challenges" nationwide that make up this entire dishonest campaign. 

The AJC knows this.  They chose, however, to misrepresent the issue.  

This campaign is an ugly, dishonest, virtue-signaling fraud.  

Also,The Jungle, really?  Tell me where that is "banned," Ms. Rhone, if you are going to report it.  

I further suggest the librarians at the Fulton County library focus on the real problems they have, such as with predatory, often homeless men harassing patrons.  

When I frequented the downtown library in the mid 90's, librarians said they were afraid to go into the stacks alone; a few years later, the ACLU was fighting for taxpayers to pay for the "rights" of these men to openly look at porn on library computers, and there was violence regularly in and around the bathrooms.  

Too bad there isn't a book about that ugly history, which spans decades.  

These activists would probably ban it.


The only thing these books have in common and the only reason they are offensive is that they are boring ---and the most notorious one of them on our bookshelf is the one a young visitor picked up and after leafing through a few pages described as "gross" and put back.


Nothing like a good "book burning" in the crisp fall weather, to remind us of stupidity!