The American Library Association has released its annual list of books that received the most complaints challenging why they were in the library to begin with.

Third in the list is Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson's take And Tango Makes Three, based on the real-life story of two male penguins who raised a chick in a zoo.

Complainants, made up of parents, teachers and other members of the community, said that the book actively promoted a homosexual lifestyle.

An analysis of the ALA's lists from the Diversity in YA organisation last year revealed that 20 per cent of books that are challenged are written by non-white authors, while half of the books are about non-white people, non-heterosexuals or disabled people.

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Read the full list below:

1.The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie

2.Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi

3.And Tango Makes Three, Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson

4.The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison

5.The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

6.A Stolen Life, Jaycee Dugard

7.It's Perfectly Normal, Robie Harris

8.Saga, Brian Vaughan

9.The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky

10.Drama, Raina Telgemeier

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