List of disputed books in Idaho since 2018

Ahead of Banned Books Week Sept. 18-24, the Idaho Statesman obtained a list from the American Library Association of the 66 books or series that were challenged in Idaho between 2018 and the end of August 2022.

The American Library Association released its annual censorship report earlier this year, revealing at the time that it had tracked 729 challenges for 1,597 different books across the United States throughout 2021.

You can report a disputed book to the ALA on the organization’s website.

The speed and ferocity with which the books are challenged has accelerated in recent years, with challenges ranging from school board meetings and classrooms to state houses and political races.

The 729 challenges nationwide in 2021 set records, far surpassing the 483 pounds that were challenged in 2018. Last year’s number of challenges more than doubled from the previous year. People who report books include parents, school administrators and board members, members of the religious community, librarians, teachers, students, and elected officials.

According to the American Library Association, a nonprofit that promotes library education, most of the challenged books contain “diverse content,” with the books’ topics 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 Nampa School District libraries.

The Nampa School District’s decision to permanently remove the books isn’t the first time schools in Idaho have banned the books. The West Ada School District removed John Green’s New York Times bestselling book “Looking for Alaska” from college libraries in 2018 after a parent said the book contained profanity and references to smoking and smoking. suicide.

Here are the books that were challenged in Idaho from 2018 through the end of August 2022. The number in parentheses indicates the number of times the book was challenged during that time.

33 Snowfish – Adam Rapp (1)

Bus 57: A true story of two teenagers and the crime that changed their lives – Dashka Slater (1)

An ABC of Equality – Chana Ginelle Ewing (1)

A Better New World – Aldous Huxley (1)

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

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

After a time – Laurie Salzler (1)

And Tango Makes Three – Justin Richardson, Peter Parnell (1)

Aunt Uncle: Drag Queen Hero – Ellie Royce (1)

Beloved – Toni Morrison (1)

Bless me, Ultima – Rudolfo Anaya (1)

The bluest eye – Toni Morrison (3)

Call Us What We Wear: From Presidential Inaugural Poet – Amanda Gorman (1)

The Chocolate War – Robert Cormier (2)

City of Celestial Fire – Cassandra Clare (1)

Clockwork Princess – Cassandra Clare (1)

The Color Purple – Alice Walker (1)

Crank – Ellen Hopkins (1)

Daddy’s Roommate – Michael Willhoite (3)

Dear Martin – Nic Stone (1)

Diary of a Drag Queen – Crystal Rasmussen (1)

Drag Teen – Jeffery Self (1)

Drama – Raina Telgemeier (2)

Dreaming in Cuban – Cristina Garcia (1)

Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell (1)

Extremely strong and incredibly close – Jonathan Safran Foer (1)

Fallen Angels – Walter Dean Myers (1)

From Archie to Zack – Vincent X Kirsch (1)

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic (1)

Gender Queer: A Memoir – Maia Kobabe (4)

Melissa – Alex Gino (1)

The Giver – Lois Lowry (1)

Goodnight Stories for Rebellious Girls: 100 Stories of Extraordinary Women (1)

The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood (1)

Harry Potter (series) – JK Rowling (1)

Heather has two moms – Leslea Newman (2)

Hey Kiddo: How I Lost My Mom, Found My Dad & Coped With Family Addiction – Jarrett Krosoczka (1)

Drag Queen’s Hips Go Swish, Swish, Swish – Lil Miss Hot Mess (1)

The House of Impossible Beauties – Joseph Cassara (1)

I Am Jazz – Jessica Herthel, Jazz Jennings (1)

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

It’s perfectly normal – Robie H. Harris (4)

Jack (not Jackie) – Erica Silverman (1)

The kite runner – Khaled Hosseini (1)

L8r, G8r – Lauren Myracle (1)

Lawn Boy – Jonathan Evison (3)

Léa on the shift – Becky Albertalli (1)

Long Way Down – Jason Reynolds (1)

In Search of Alaska – John Green (2)

My fairy godmother is a drag queen – David Clawson (1)

Out of Darkness – Ashley Hope Perez (1)

Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky (2)

Prince and the seamstress – Jen Wang (1)

Prince and Knight – Daniel Haack (1)

The Round House – Louise Erdrich (1)

Sex is a funny word – Cory Silverberg (1)

Scream – Laurie Halse Anderson (1)

Sold – Patricia McCormick (1)

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

Speak – Laurie Halse Anderson (1)

Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher (1)

This book is gay – Juno Dawson (1)

This Summer – Jillian Tamaki, Mariko Tamaki (1)

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

We’re Fine – Nina LaCour (1)

What are your words? : A book on pronouns – Katherine Locke (1)

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