STO: Banned & Challenged Books

Created on November 15, 2023, 5:11 pm

Last Updated May 4, 2024, 10:19 am

America's most banned and challenged books, from 2000 through today. Reasons for bans and challenges are provided by the American Library Association.
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Banned and challenged for profanity, sexual references, use of a derogatory term, violence, gambling, underage drinking, religious viewpoint, being anti-family, cultural insensitivity, depicting bullying, and allegations of sexual misconduct by the author. Most banned & challenged book in America from 2010-2019.
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Challenged for racism and offensive language. First banned in Concord, Massachusetts, in 1885 for being "trash" and "suitable only for the slums."
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Challenged for offensive language, nudity, sexual content, homosexuality, and having a religious viewpoint.
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Banned and challenged for profanity, drug use, and alcoholism, and because it was thought to promote anti-police views, contain divisive topics, and to be "too much of a sensitive matter right now."
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Banned and challenged for LGBTQIA+ content, profanity, and because it was considered to be sexually explicit. In 2023, 82 challenges were recorded.
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Challenged for depicting a same-sex couple, being anti-family and anti-ethnic, and having political and religious viewpoints.
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Challenged for being inaccurate and having a political viewpoint.
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Challenged for homosexuality and offensive language.
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Challenged for drug and alcohol use, nudity, offensive language, and for being sexually explicit.
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10) Beloved
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Challenged for violence, offensive language, for having a religious viewpoint, and for being sexually explicit.
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Banned and challenged for LGBTQIA+ content, religious and political viewpoints, offensive language, and because it was considered to be sexually explicit, biased, and anti-family.
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12) big hard sex criminals volume 1
This entry no longer exists in the catalog
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Challenged for offensive language, depicting the occult and/or Satanism, having a religious viewpoint, and being sexually explicit.
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Challenged for being sexually explicit.
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Banned and challenged for depictions of child sexual abuse and racism, profanity, and because it was considered to be sexually explicit. In 2023, 62 challenges were recorded.
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Challenged for insensitivity, nudity, racism, having a religious viewpoint, and being sexually explicit.
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Challenged for offensive language, violence, and occult/Satanic themes.
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Challenged for offensive language, violence, encouraging disruptive behavior, being anti-family and sexually explicit, and for including a same-sex couple.
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Challenged for offensive language and being sexually explicit.
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Challenged for offensive language, nudity, violence, having a religious viewpoint, and for being sexually explicit.
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