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EDUC 325: Teaching Reading/Writing in the Content Areas (Middle/Secondary/Pk-12)

Censorship by the Numbers

Challenge vs. Ban

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 2020

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