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ALA’s list from challenges listed at the Office for Intellectual Freedom
1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence
2. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence
3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James
Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
5. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group
6. A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl, by Tanya Lee Stone
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit
7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
9. Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
10. Bone (series), by Jeff Smith
Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence

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ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children, a division of ALA) picture book awards.

The Watermelon Seed, written and illustrated by Greg Pizzoli, published by Disney Hyperion Books, is the 2014 Geisel Award winner.
2014 Honor Books:
Ball, written and illustrated by Mary Sullivan and published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children.

A Big Guy Took My Ball! written and illustrated by Mo Willems and published by Hyperion Books for Children.

Penny and Her Marble, written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes and published by Greenwillow Books.


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Courtesy of Publisher’s Weekly:

On Paper: The Everything of Its Two-Thousand Year History by Nicholas A. Basbanes. (Alfred A. Knopf).
Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink. (Crown Publishers).
The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin. (Simon & Schuster).

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. (Alfred A. Knopf).
Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat. (Alfred A. Knopf).
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. ( Little, Brown).


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American Library Association

2014 John Newbery Medal: the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature: Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures, Kate DiCamillo, Candlewick Press.

Four Newbery Honor Books also were named:

Doll Bones, Holly Black, Margaret K. McElderry Books.

The Year of Billy Miller, Kevin Henkes, Greenwillow Books.

One Came Home, Amy Timberlake, Alfred A. Knopf.

Paperboy, Vince Vawter, Delacorte Press.


Randolph Caldecott Medal: most distinguished American picture book: Locomotive, written and illustrated by Brian Floca, Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

Three Caldecott Honor Books also were named:

Journey, written and illustrated by Aaron Becker, Candlewick Press.

Flora and the Flamingo, written and illustrated by Molly Idle, Chronicle Books.

Mr. Wuffles!, written and illustrated by David Wiesner, Clarion Books.


The Michael L. Printz Award for Young Adult Literature for 2014 is Midwinterblood, Marcus Sedgwick, Roaring Brook Press.

Four Printz Honors:

Eleanor & Park , Rainbow Rowell, St. Martin’s Griffin

Kingdom of Little, Wounds by Susann Cokal, Candlewick

Maggot Moon , Sally Gardner, Candlewick

Navigating Early , Clare Vanderpool, Delacorte

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