We’re not mad; we’re disappointed. Every year, it’s the same thing: the Venn diagram of challenged books and those written by authors from marginalized and underrepresented communities collapse into a single circle. We’ve explored before why these types of books are challenged
by parents and educators, but it’s worth repeating that most challenges boil down to people rejecting books that propose a reality and a morality outside of American Christian whiteness.
In this year of mass protest for social justice and recognition, it’s more important than ever to honor writers whose work explores cultures, experiences, perspectives, orientations, and events that expand our understanding of the human condition and accurately reflect and give voice to readers of all backgrounds.
The books below are drawn from recent lists of the most challenged books in Oregon and across the country...