STO: Banned & Challenged Books

Created on November 15, 2023, 5:11 pm

Last Updated February 10, 2024, 12:37 pm

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, challenged, and restricted for LGBTQIA+ content, and because it was considered to have sexually explicit images.
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Banned and challenged for LGBTQIA+ content, profanity, and because it was considered to be sexually explicit.
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Banned and challenged because it depicts child sexual abuse, contains profanity, and was considered sexually explicit.
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4) Flamer
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Challenged for LGBTQIA+ content and because it was considered to be sexually explicit.
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Challenged for LGBTQIA+ content, offensive language, drug and alcohol use, and because it was considered to be sexually explicit.
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Challenged for its depiction of sexual abuse, LGBTQIA+ content, drug use, profanity, having a religious viewpoint, discussing suicide, and because it was considered to be sexually explicit and anti-family.
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Banned and challenged for LGBTQIA+ content and because it was considered to be sexually explicit.
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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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Banned, challenged, and restricted for depictions of abuse and because it was considered to be sexually explicit.
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Challenged because it was considered to be sexually explicit.
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11) Crank
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Crank trilogy volume 1
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Challenged for drug use, offensive language, and because it was considered to be sexually explicit.
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Banned and challenged because it was considered to be sexually explicit and degrading to women.
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Banned and challenged for profanity, violence, drug use, sexual references, and because it was thought to promote an anti-police message and indoctrination of a social agenda.
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Banned, challenged, and restricted for LGBTQIA+ content and for providing sexual education.
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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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16) George
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Challenged, banned, and restricted for LGBTQIA+ content and having a transgender character; conflicting with a religious viewpoint and "traditional family structure"; sexual references, mention of "dirty magazines," and description of male anatomy; creating confusion; encouraging children to clear browser history and change their bodies; and not reflecting the values of the community.
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Banned and challenged because of the author's public statements, and because of claims that the book contains "selective storytelling incidents" and does not encompass racism against all people.
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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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19) Speak
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Banned, challenged, and restricted because it was thought to contain a political viewpoint and it was claimed to be biased against male students, and for the novel's inclusion of rape and profanity.
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Challenged for divisive language and because it was thought to promote anti-police views.
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