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A resource pertaining to banned and challenged books.
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Books About Banned Material

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Banned in the U. S. A. - Herbert N. Foerstel
ISBN: 0313311668
Publication Date: 2002-07-30

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Literature Suppressed on Social Grounds - Dawn B. Sova
ISBN: 081603303X
Publication Date: 1998-04-01

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Literature Suppressed on Sexual Grounds - Dawn B. Sova
ISBN: 0816033056
Publication Date: 1998-04-01

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Literature Suppressed on Political Grounds - Nicholas J. Karolides
ISBN: 0816033048
Publication Date: 1998-04-01


What Are Banned Books?

Banned Books

Banned books are those that would be completely removed from libraries, schools, and book stores. Thanks to the First Amendment, no book is currently banned in the United States, but the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom receives reports from libraries, schools, and the media on attempts to ban and challenge books. Challenges are attempts to have the books or their contents restricted by removal or censorship.

On this site you will find a list of the ten most challenged books according to the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom for each year along with links to records in Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System's catalog.

Why does the ALA create these lists? As stated on the ALA's website, "The American Library Association promotes the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one's opinions even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular, and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those viewpoints to all who wish to read them." With these lists, it celebrates the freedom to read, puts attention on both banned and challenged books, and highlights persecuted individuals.




  • American Library Association
    The American Library Association (ALA) is the oldest and largest library association in the world, providing association information, news, events, and advocacy resources for members, librarians, and library users.
  • Banned & Challenged Books
    The American Library Association's official page for banned and challenged books.
  • Don’t Take the Freedom to Read for Granted
    In the marketplace of ideas, librarians believe we should have as much opportunity to choose what to read as we have to consume goods and services essential to sustaining lives.
  • Library Bill of Rights
    The American Library Association's "unambiguous statements of basic principles that should govern the service of all libraries".
  • Post Desk - Banned Books
    A reading list of 144 books which were banned and blacklisted at some point in the United Kingdom, along with the reasons why.

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