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21 commonly banned books in 2021, and the reasons why

Collage of commonly banned books, including To Kill A Mockingbird, The Handmaid's Tale, and George 4x3


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For centuries educators, religious organizations, and parents have long sought to control what children and adults read by banning literature. Books are challenged as an attempt to restrict materials, with claims commonly based on opposing political viewpoints, explicit content, LGBTQIA+ content, or violence. 

The American Library Association (ALA) is an organization that advocates for diversity, inclusion, and education. Its Office for Intellectual Freedom monitors and assembles data about banned and challenged books in the US, culminating in Banned Books Week — an event that celebrates details ⇒

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