Top Challenged Books

Created on September 10, 2020, 2:52 pm

Last Updated September 24, 2021, 4:06 pm

Top Banned & Challenged Books of 2020 & 2021 Sept 26 - Oct 3
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Banned and challenged for sexual references, profanity, violence, gambling, and underage drinking, and for its religious viewpoint
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Series was challenged because it was perceived as encouraging disruptive behavior, while Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot was challenged for including a same-sex couple
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Challenged for LGBTQIA+ content, for “its effect on any young people who would read it,” and for concerns that it was sexually explicit and biased
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Offensive language, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“profanity and atheism”)
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5) Drama
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Challenged for LGBTQIA+ content and for concerns that it goes against “family values/morals”
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Challenged for offensive language
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Sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and other (“poorly written,” “concerns that a group of teenagers will want to try it”). THIS IS CLEARLY AN ADULT BOOK
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Violence and graphic images
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9) Habibi
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Nudity, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.

AN ADULT BOOK
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Banned and challenged for profanity and for “vulgarity and sexual overtones”
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Entire series was banned and forbidden from discussion for referring to magic and witchcraft, for containing actual curses and spells, and for characters that use “nefarious means” to attain goals
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Banned and challenged because it was deemed “anti-cop,” and for profanity, drug use, and sexual references
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Challenged and relocated for LGBTQIA+ content, for a transgender character, and for confronting a topic that is “sensitive, controversial, and politically charged”
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Challenged and banned because it includes sexual violence and was thought to “lead to terrorism” and “promote Islam.”
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Challenged and vandalized for LGBTQIA+ content and political viewpoints, for concerns that it is “designed to pollute the morals of its readers,” and for not including a content warning.
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Challenged for a sexually explicit scene that may lead a student to “sexual experimentation”
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Challenged for profanity, sexual explicitness, and being “disgusting and all around offensive”
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Challenged, banned, restricted, and hidden to avoid controversy; for LGBTQIA+ content and a transgender character; because schools and libraries should not “put books in a child’s hand that require discussion”; for sexual references; and for conflicting with a religious
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Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group (CHILDREN'S NON-FICTION), and violence
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Gambling, offensive language, political viewpoint. Additional reasons: “politically, racially, and socially offensive,” “graphic depictions”
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