Ever wonder why books are banned or challenged? The American Library Association compiles data on censorship attempts and lists the following as main reasons for book challenges between 2000-2009:
- 1,577 challenges due to “sexually explicit” material;
- 1,291 challenges due to “offensive language”;
- 989 challenges due to materials deemed “unsuited to age group”;
- 619 challenged due to “violence”‘ and
- 361 challenges due to “homosexuality.”
The majority of challenges happen in school libraries, but between 2000-2009 there were 114 challenges to materials used in college classes and 30 to academic libraries. For more information on book challenges, visit the ALA’s webpage on Frequently Challenged Books.