Banned Books 2020 – I am Jazz

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Challenged and relocated for LGBTQIA+ content, for a transgender character, and for confronting a topic that is “sensitive, controversial, and politically charged.”


Citing “sexual content,” issues of bullying, rebelling against police, and refusing to take medications, I am Jazz, Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart, and George by Alex Gino were challenged at the Andover (KS) Public Library. The request was to remove the books from the children’s area. After a review process, the library decided to retain them all as cataloged. When the decision was appealed by the parents, the library board voted to retain the books.


Challenged, but retained in a Rocklin (CA) Academy school. A transgender kindergarten student gave some books about her situation to her teacher, and the teacher read them to the class. Some parents complained to the school board about being “blindsided.” The district responded that the books were age-appropriate, fell within the book selection policy, and that unlike sex education, the topic of gender identity did not require prior parental notice. However, the superintendent stated that “staff will be engaging parents and teachers in discussions about how materials outside our curriculum will be addressed in the future.”


Challenged because it portrays a transgender child and because of language, sex education, and offensive viewpoints.


Canceled as a planned reading in the Mount Horeb (WI) School District after the Florida-based Library Counsel group threatened to sue. The children’s book is the story of a transgender child based on the real-life experience of Jazz Jennings.

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Last updated

August 12, 2020