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Banned and Challenged Books

The America Library Associations' Office for Intellectual Freedom receives reports from libraries, schools, and the media on attempts to ban books in communities across the country.  By bringing attention to banned and challenged books the ALA works to inform the public about censorship efforts that affect libraries and schools and to inspire support for free access to information since removal would restrict access to this information by other library users (American Library Association, 2016).


“Challenges” are documented requests to remove materials from schools or libraries. 


"Banned" materials have been removed from schools or libraries.

Children's and Young Adult Literature is challenged more often than Adult Literature.  These challenges are usually motivated by a desire to protect children from “inappropriate” sexual content or “offensive” language. The following were the top three reasons cited for challenging materials as reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom:

  1. the material was considered to be "sexually explicit"
  2. the material contained "offensive language"
  3. the materials was "unsuited to any age group"

For more information please visit the American Library Association's Banned and Challenged Books Webpage.

10 Most Challenged Books of 2017

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American Library Association. (2016). Banned & Challenged Books. Retrieved from

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