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CELEBRATE BANNED BOOK WEEK!: WHO? WHAT? WHERE? WHEN? WHY? HOW?

WHO ARE CHALLENGING AND BANNING BOOKS?

WHO ARE THE BOOK BANNERS?

40% are Parents

27% are Patrons

10% are Board and/or Admin

6% Pressure Group

6% Librarian

4% Government

7% Other

-American Library Association (ALA)

WHAT ARE THE REASONS BOOKS ARE BANNED IN THE U.S.?

  • 1,607 were challenges to "sexually explicit" material
  • 1,427 were challenges to material considered to use "offensive language"
  • 1,256 were challenges to material considered non age-appropriate or "unsuited to age group"
  • 842 were challenges to material with an "occult theme or promoting the occult or Satanism"
  • 737 were challenges to material considered to be "violent"
  • 515 were challenges to material with a homosexual theme or "promoting homosexuality"
  • 419 were challenges to material "promoting a religious viewpoint"
  • 317 challenges to materials that included "nudity"

Schools and Censorship: Banned Books

WHY ARE BOOKS CHALLENGED AND BANNED?

WHERE ARE BOOKS CHALLENGED?

Between 1990 and 2000, there were 6,364 challenges reported to or recorded by the Office for Intellectual Freedom. Seventy-one percent of the challenges were to materials in schools or school libraries. Another twenty-four percent were to material in public libraries. Sixty percent of the challenges were brought by parents, fifteen percent by patrons, and nine percent by administrators.

 

WHERE IN THE WORLD WERE BOOKS BANNED? (2007-11)