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Banned Books: Banned & Challenged Books

A Small Selection of Banned & Challenged Books in our Libraries

A Small Selection of Banned & Challenged Books in our Libraries

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Banned and challenged for blatant pornography and offensive in its stereotyping of Latinos, depicting violence and sex

Banned and challenged for LGBTQIA+ content and because it was considered to be sexually explicit

Religious viewpoint

Banned and challenged for bitterness and hatred against whites, rape scene, graphic description of molestation, sexually explicit language, profanity

Banned and challenged for sex, violence and profanity

Banned and challenged for profanity, offensive referrals to Christianity and biased portrayal of capitalism; no moral value and obscene

Banned and challenged for provoking crime, being anti-American, obscenity, pornographic immoral, anti-Christian and filthy

Banned and challenged for sexual overtones, obscenity, filth, pornography, 'corruptive, obscene nature', violence

Challenged for profanity, critical of Christianity, depiction of sexual abuse and prostitution 

Banned for having an image of Supreme Court judges' faces superimposed on naked bodies

Banned for being slanted and 'if there's a possibility that something might be controversial, then why not eliminate it', being anti-American



Banned and challenged for profane and obscene references, vulgar Spanish words, glorification of witchcraft and death, violence, and being anti-Catholic

Banned in Egypt and Iran for insulting religion, being based on Zionist myth

Challenged for being pornographic

Challenged and restricted for being anti-Christian, antimoral, vulgarity, being obscene, violence, being too graphic, torture and mutilation

Challenged for depiction of sexual encounters and violence, being obscene, defaming Catholic church, pornographic passaged, being immoral and sexually depraved

Challenged for profanity and images of violence and sexuality

Banned and challenged for depiction of rape, vulgar language, sexual innuendo, religious content

Banned in Ireland, Poland, Australia, Japan, India and Canada and in China because it will corrupt the minds of young people and is also against the Chinese tradition

Challenged and restricted for being too frightening

Banned and challenged for being pornographic glorifying criminal activity, corruption of juveniles, bestiality, bizarre violence and torture, promoting secular humanism

Banned and challenged for anti-American attitudes, offensive language, political bias and disturbing fiction

Banned and challenged for polluting young minds, foul language

Children's & Young Adult Books

Children's & Young Adult

Banned, restricted and challenged for objectionable language, explicit sexual scenes, immoral tone, being personally offensive, encouraging students to steal and take drugs, containing filth and smut, blasphemy

Banned and challenged for referring to magic and witchcraft, containing actual curses and spells, characters using nefarious means to obtain goals, concerns about sorcery and witchcraft, having a serious tone of death, hate, lack of respect and sheer evil; dark themes, leading children to hatred and rebellion, drawing students to Satanism, and much, much more....

Challenged for nudity, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, being child pornography

Challenged for violent illustrations and storyline

Challenged for being soft-pornography, glorifying drinking, cursing and premarital sex and teaching principles contrary to the Bible

Challenged for promoting witchcraft, crystal balls and demons; sending a mixed signal about good and evil, undermining religious beliefs

Challenged for being sexually explicit, including LGBT characters, offensive political viewpoint, going against family values/morals and being confusing

Challenged and restricted for LGBTQIA+ content, confronting a topic that is sensitive, controversial and politically charged; addressing gender identity,  language, offensive viewpoints, inaccuracy

Challenged for illustrations of a naked woman and man depicting Adam and Eve

Banned for the use of the word jackass in reference to a donkey character

Challenged for profanity, treatment of sexuality

Banned for containing symbols to represent profanity