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Censorship & Banned Books: Home

Learn about banned books, and find resources to help you research about different banned books.

What is censorship?

CHALLENGE to a book is an attempt to remove or restrict that book, based upon the objections of a person or group (such as parents, a school board, or a teacher). 

BAN occurs when the book is successfully challenged and so the book is removed.

The book is RETAINED when the library or school rejects the challenge.


Who Challenges Books?

Why are books challenged?

“Books usually are challenged with the best intentions—to protect others, frequently children, from difficult ideas and information” – Office for Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association 

Examples of frequently challenged books:

   Challenged/Banned for: witchcraft

   Challenged/Banned for: racism, bad language

  Banned for: sexuality

The ACDV Banned Books Assignment

For this assignment, you need to find three sources. These sources can be journal, magazine, or newspaper articles, as well as books. You need:

2 sources talking about why your book was banned. Find out how to do this on the Finding Books about Your Books tab of this guide and the Finding Articles about Banned Books tab of this guide. 

1 source talking about banning or censoring booksFind out how to do this on the Finding Articles about Banned Books tab of this guide.