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Banned Books: Recently Banned Books

10 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2016

Books by Category

Children’s Books: A common reason given for challenging a book is “unsuited/inappropriate for age group.” Authors such as Alvin Schwartz, Mildred D. Taylor and Roald Dahl are listed more than once on this list of 130 frequently challenged children’s books.

Young Adult Books: This list includes books written for YA audiences and those featuring a YA main character.

Classics: At least 46 of the Radcliffe Publishing Course Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century have been the targets of ban attempts.

Books with Diverse Content: OIF found that out of the 2015 Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books, nine of them contained diverse content. The 86 books on this list include content by or about people of color, LGBT people and/or people with disabilities.

Infographics and Statistics: These annual infographics — published in the State of America's Library Report — show who initiates challenges, why books are challenged, and where books are challenged.

Banned books

“Banning books gives us silence when we need speech. It closes our ears when we need to listen. It makes us blind when we need sight.” 
― Stephen Chbosky

Where are Books Challenged Most?



Frequently Challenged Books. (2016). 
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