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Banned Books Week: Top 10 Challenged Books

Resources for Banned Books Week: September 26 - October 2, 2021

Challenged Books

Infographic Top Ten most challenged books 2021

Why are books challenged?

"Books usually are challenged with the best intentions—to protect others, frequently children, from difficult ideas and information."

The following were noted as 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", and

(3) the materials was "unsuited to any age group"

- Banned Book FAQs

Frequently Challenged Books

"The ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) receives reports from libraries, schools, and the media on attempts to ban books in communities across the country. We compile lists of challenged books in order to inform the public about censorship efforts that affect libraries and schools." - ALA, Frequently Challenged Books

Top Ten Challenged Books by Year

Interested in learning more about Top Ten lists from previous years? A compilation of top ten lists is available on the ALA Top Ten website. It is important to note that "surveys indicate that 82-97% of book challenges – documented requests to remove materials from schools or libraries – remain unreported and receive no media" (ALA 2021, Top Ten).  Links to the most recent five years are noted below.

2020: Top 10 Challenged Books

Archer Library & Top 10 of 2021

Explore the Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2021 in Archer Library's juvenile, recreational, and main collections. 




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