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List of Disputed Books in Idaho Since 2018

Ahead of Banned Book Week, September 18-24, Idaho politicians will publish a list of all 66 books or series that have been challenged in Idaho between 2018 and the end of August 2022. Obtained from the Library Association.

The American Library Association released its annual book censorship report earlier this year, revealing that at that time it had tracked 729 objections to 1,597 books nationwide through 2021.

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

From school board meetings and classrooms to state capitols and political competitions, book challenges have increased in speed and intensity in recent years.

729 challenges have been recorded nationwide in 2021, well above the 483 challenged in 2018. Last year’s challenges were more than double what he did the year before. People reporting books include parents, school administrators and board members, members of religious groups, librarians, teachers, students, and elected officials.

According to the American Library Association, a nonprofit organization that promotes library education, most of the challenged books contain “diverse content” and are subject to people of color, the LGBTQ+ community, and people with disabilities. is centered on.

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

The Nampa School District’s decision to permanently remove books is not the first time a school in Idaho has banned books. The West Ada School District removed John Green’s New York Times best-selling book, “Searching for Alaska,” from middle school libraries in 2018. Parents said the book contained references to profanity, smoking and suicide. Said there was

Below are books that have been challenged in Idaho between 2018 and the end of August 2022. The number in parentheses is the number of times the book was challenged during that period.

33 Snowfish – Adam Rapp (1)

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

ABC of Equality – Chana Ginelle Ewing (1)

Brave New World – Aldous Huxley (1)

Absolutely Real Diary Of A Part Time Indian – Sherman Alexy (2)

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

After a while – Laurie Salzler (1)

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

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

Darling – Toni Morrison (1)

Bless Me, Ultima – Rudolfo Anaya (1)

Blue Eyes – Toni Morrison (3)

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

Chocolate Wars – Robert Cormier (2)

Heaven on Fire – Cassandra Clare (1)

Clockwork Princess – Cassandra Claire (1)

The Color Purple – Alice Walker (1)

Clank – Ellen Hopkins (1)

Daddy’s Roommate – Michael Wilhoite (3)

Dear Martin – Nick Stone (1)

Diary of a Drag Queen – Krystal Rasmussen (1)

Drag Teen – Jeffrey Self (1)

Drama – Raina Tergemeyer (2)

Dreaming in Cuba – Christina Garcia (1)

Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Lowell (1)

Very Loud and Incredibly Close – Jonathan Saffron Foer (1)

Fallen Angel – Walter Dean Myers (1)

From Archie to Zack – Vincent X Kirsch (1)

Fun House: Family Tragicomedy (1)

Gender Queer: A Memoir – Maia Kobabe (4)

Melissa – Alex Gino (1)

The Giver – Lois Lowry (1)

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

The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood (1)

Harry Potter (series) – JK Rowling (1)

Heather Has Two Moms – Leslie Newman (2)

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

Drag Queen Go Swish, Swish, Swish Hips – Lil Miss Hot Female (1)

The House of Impossible Beauty – Joseph Cassara (1)

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

I Know Why Caged Birds Sing – Maya Angelou (1)

It’s Perfectly Normal – Robbie H. Harris (4)

Jack (not Jackie) – Erica Silverman (1)

Kiterunner – Khaled Hosseini (1)

L8r, G8r – Lauren Miracle (1)

Lawn Boy – Jonathan Evison (3)

Leah On the Offbeat – Becky Albertalli (1)

Long Way Down – Jason Reynolds (1)

Looking for Alaska – John Green (2)

My Fairy Godmother Is A Drag Queen – David Clawson (1)

Out Of Darkness – Ashley Hope Perez (1)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky (2)

Prince and the Dressmaker – Jen Wang (1)

Prince and Knight – Daniel Hark (1)

Roundhouse – Louise Eldritch (1)

Sex Is A Funny Word – Corey Silverberg (1)

Shout – Laurie Hulls Anderson (1)

Sold – Patricia McCormick (1)

Something Happened in Our Town: Children’s Tales – Marian Serrano, Marietta Collins, Anne Hazard, Jennifer Zivion (1)

Speak – Laurie Halse Anderson (1)

13 Reasons Why – Jay Asher (1)

This Book Is Gay – Juno Dawson (1)

This One Summer – Jillian Tamaki, Mariko Tamaki (1)

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

We’re All Right – Nina LaCour (1)

What’s Your Word?: A Book About Pronouns – Catherine Locke (1)

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