Challenged Books

The American Library Association (ALA) recently published its Top Ten List of the Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2010.  The most challenged book of 2010 was And Tango Makes Three, a children’s book about two male penguins raising a chick in the Central Park Zoo.  Reasons for challenging the book included “unsuited for age group,” “religious viewpoint,” and “homosexuality.”    

 Barbara Jones, director of ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, notes that “While we firmly support the right of every reader to choose or reject a book for themselves or their families, those objecting to a particular book should not be given the power to restrict other readers’ right to access and read that book.”  Jones goes on to say: “As members of a pluralistic and complex society, we must have free access to a diverse range of viewpoints on the human condition in order to foster critical thinking and understanding.  We must protect one of the most precious of our fundamental rights – the freedom to read” (“And Tango Makes Three”…, 2011, para. 4)

 You can exercise your freedom to read by reading challenged books, including the following four books challenged in 2010 and held in our collection.  Check the library catalog to see if the books are checked out or on the shelf.  Ask a librarian for help in using the catalog or any library resource.

  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
    Recent Fiction/Main Level PS3551.L35774 A27 2007
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    Upper Level PR6015.U9 B65
  • Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By In America by Barbara Ehrenreich
    Upper Level HD4918 .E375 2001
  • Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
    Recent Fiction/Main Level PS3613.E979 T84 2005

Linda Kott
Information Services Librarian


“And Tango Makes Three” waddles its way back to number one slot as America’s most frequently challenged book. (2011, April 11). American Libraries. Retrieved from

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