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Banned and Challenged Books

Selected Articles and Reporting

This image is from 2020. The numbers have increased drastically in 2022. 

Suggested action steps to support the freedom to read:

From The Washington Post, 8/9/22:  "Book bans are threatening American democracy. Here's how to fight back"

From NPR's The Takeaway, 8/15/22: "How book bans impact public libraries"

From Book Riot 9/16/22 "Banned Book Week Action List"

From The Guardian, 9/21/22: "How To Beat a Book Ban"

National Coalition of Censorship (NCAC) Resources for Higher Education


A sample of Media Coverage of Book Bans:

From "U.S. book challenges update"

From The New York Times: "With rising book bans, librarians have come under attack"

From Publishers Weekly"ALA poll finds public broadly opposes book banning efforts"

From NBC News:  "Conservative parents take aim at library apps meant to expand access to books"

From The Washington Post:  "Schools nationwide are quietly removing books from their libraries"

From National Public Radio:  "Book bans and the threat of political activism in the suburbs"

From The New York Times:  "Book ban efforts spread across the U.S."

From PBS American Experience:  "Books behind bars"

From PBS NewsHour:  "Nationwide effort to ban books challenges freedom of speech" 



For ongoing coverage of banned materials:

Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy