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Banned Books: Celebrating the Freedom to Read  

Last Updated: Dec 6, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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What are Banned Books?

Challenged: a book's contents have been charged as inappropriate - challenges are reported to the American Library Association (ALA) using their Online Challenge Reporting Form

Banned: access to a book has been restricted; readers can no longer access that book at their local school or library

Censorship: the "suppression of ideas and information that certain persons...find objectionable or dangerous" - The First Aid Amendment Kit

Use the Resources tab to learn more about banned and challenged books.


Top 10 Banned/Challenged Books of 2015

      1. Looking for Alaska by John Green
      2. Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James
      3. I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
      4. Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin
      5. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
      6. The Holy Bible
      7. Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
      8. Habibi by Craig Thompson
      9. Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan by Jeanette Winter
      10. Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

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                                          Click here for a list of the Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books from 2000-2009.


                                          Challenges by Year and Reason

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