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Challenges & Bans

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"Book bans generally start with a challenge -- a verbal or formal written attempt to restrict access to materials or to remove them entirely. A ban happens when those materials are actually removed from shelves, classrooms, or performance spaces"  (Celebrate Banned Books Week Handbook).

Celebrate Banned Books Week Handbook. The Banned Books Week Coalition. 2018. https://bannedbooksweek.org/resources/handbook/

Who Challenges Books?

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The First Amendment

The First Amendment Protects the Freedom to Read! 

Are Books Really Still Censored?

Every year, the American Library Association (ALA) tracks all of the reported challenges to books in schools and libraries across the United States.  In 2018, at least 531 books, magazines, films, or databases were reported as challenged.  The ALA estimates that 80% of challenges are never reported (Celebrate Banned Books Week Handbook).

Celebrate Banned Books Week Handbook. The Banned Books Week Coalition. 2018. https://bannedbooksweek.org/resources/handbook/

Where are books challenged?

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