According to American Library Association
Posted by Brigid Alverson on April 24, 2023 @ 1:35 pm CT
Book challenges soared in 2021 and 2022 (see “Library Book Challenges Up 8X Since 2020”), and in 2022 the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom recorded 1,269 separate challenges covering 2,571 unique titles. While the ALA usually releases a Top Ten list, this year they had to expand to 13 titles because several books received the same number of challenges.
Gender Queer was not only the most challenged book of 2021 (see “Most Frequently Challenged Book of 2021”), it was the subject of an obscenity case in 2022, when a Virginia attorney tried to have it declared obscene. The judge in that case struck down the obscenity statute as unconstitutional (see “‘Gender Queer’ Case”).
Kobabe is currently working on a middle-grade graphic novel (see “‘Gender Queer’ Creator Moves from Oni to Graphix”), while Curato will contribute a story featuring Wiccan to the upcoming anthology of kids’ stories featuring Marvel characters to be published by Abrams (see “Marvel, Abrams Team Up for Middle-Grade Superhero Anthology”).
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