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Banned! Why?

Why are books banned or challenged? It is important for each of us to know this. Fortunately, there are resources to let us know why challenges have occurred. I know that sometimes, when I read about the reason for a challenge, I want to say, "Really?" Not that there are good reasons for challenging a book, but occasionally the reasons are so incredibly, narrowly, almost insignificant that I wonder how the challenge even got beyond the original complaint.

Here is an infographic citing the reasons for banning and challenges:



Often challenges are made for "language" and for sexual content. But note the "not suited for the age group" column. Frequently, the challenge has more to do with "this is something kids can't deal with."

More charts are available here: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/statistics

You can see who is responsible for most of the challenges (parents) and which institutions are the hardest hit by challenges (school libraries).

The best defense is a strong offense. Know the facts.
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