List of books that have been challenged in Idaho since 2018

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

The American Library Association released its annual book report on censorship earlier this year, revealing at that point that it had tracked 729 challenges to 1,597 different books across the US throughout 2021.

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

The speed and ferocity at which books are being challenged have picked up in recent years, with challenges going from school board meetings and classrooms to statehouses and political races.

The 729 challenges nationally in 2021 are record-setting, far surpassing the 483 books that were challenged in 2018. Last year’s challenge numbers are more than double the year before. People who report books include parents, school administrators and board members, religious community members, librarians, teachers, students and elected officials.

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

In 2022 alone, the Nampa school board has 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 instance of Idaho schools banning books. The West Ada School District pulled John Green’s New York Times bestselling book “Looking for Alaska” from middle school libraries in 2018 after a parent said the book contained profanity and references to smoking and suicide.

Following are the books that have been challenged in Idaho from 2018 through the end of August 2022. The number in parenthesis is how many times the book has been challenged over that time period.

33 Snowfish-Adam Rapp (1)

The 57 Bus: 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 Brave 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)

Auntie 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 Carry: From the Presidential Inaugural Poet – Amanda Gorman (1)

The Chocolate War – Robert Cormier (2)

City of Heavenly 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 Loud 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)

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Tales of Extraordinary Women (1)

The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood (1)

Harry Potter (series) – JK Rowling (1)

Heather Has Two Mommies – Leslea Newman (2)

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

The Hips on the Drag Queen 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)

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 Haack (1)

The Round House – Louise Erdrich (1)

Sex is a Funny Word – Cory Silverberg (1)

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

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

We Are Okay – Nina LaCour (1)

What Are Your Words?: A Book About Pronouns – Katherine Locke (1)

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