Captain Underpants Rockets Past Fifty Shades of Grey to Most Challenged Book of 2013

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The American Library Association (ALA) announced yesterday that Captain Underpants, Dav Pilkey’s series of novels for children containing no nudity, drugs, sex or profanity, was the “most frequently challenged” book of 2013. This is Captain Underpants’ second year at the top of the list, which also includes the pornographic Fifty Shades of Grey and blockbuster hit The Hunger Games.

Listed in the ALA’s 2014 State of America’s Libraries report, the top 10 most challenged books are determined by the number of written, formal complaints received by libraries across the nation. Here’s the list:

1. Captain Underpants (series) by Dav Pilkey
Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence

2. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence

3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

4. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group

6. A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl by Tanya Lee Stone
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit

7. Looking for Alaska by John Green
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

9. Bless Me Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit

10. Bone (series) by Jeff Smith
Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence

Since 1982, more than 11,300 books have been challenged in the United States. A staunch supporter of the freedom to read, the ALA annually sponsors Banned Books Week (Sep. 21-27 this year) to highlight the harm of censorship.

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