What Book Is Being Banned and Why?

A look at the latest book being banned and the reasons why it is being censored.

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“What Book Is Being Banned and Why?”

The American Library Association (ALA) reports that there have been 311 challenges to books in schools and libraries in the U.S. so far this year. A challenge is defined as a “formal, written complaint, filed with a library or school, requesting that a book or other material be restricted or removed because of its content or appropriateness.”

Of the books challenged or banned in 2019, the top 10 most frequently cited by challengers were:
1. “George” by Jesmyn Ward
2. “Skulduggery Pleasant” series by Derek Landy
3. “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” by Sherman Alexie
4. ” Drama” by Raina Telgemeier
5. “Captain Underpants” series by Dav Pilkey
6. “Harry Potter” series by J.K. Rowling
7. “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee
8.” The Girl Who Drank the Moon” by Kelly Barnhill
9.” The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky
10.”The Hunger Games” trilogy by Suzanne Collins

The most common reasons given for challenging these books were: offensive language, sexual explicitness, violence, unsuited to age group, and drugs/alcohol/smoking.

“The Catcher in the Rye”

J.D. Salinger’s “The Catcher in the Rye” is one of the most frequently banned or censored books in America. The novel has been removed from high school and college libraries and classrooms across the country because of its frank language and portrayal of teenage sexuality and angst. Despite its controversial nature, “The Catcher in the Rye” remains one of the most popular novels of the 20th century.

“To Kill a Mockingbird”

“To Kill a Mockingbird” is a book that has been banned in many schools across the United States. The reason for this is because the book deals with issues of race and nationalism. The book has been banned because it is seen as racists and offensive to some groups of people.

“The Great Gatsby”

Books are often banned because they are considered to be offensive in some way. Some books are banned because they contain profanity or violence, while others may be banned because they are seen as being pornographic or otherwise inappropriate for younger readers. The book “The Great Gatsby” has been banned in some schools because it is seen as being too sexually explicit.

“The Color Purple”

The Color Purple is a novel written by Alice Walker. It tells the story of an African-American woman in the southern United States in the 1930s, Celie. The novel follows Celie’s journey from a young, abused girl to an independent woman.

The book has been banned in many schools and libraries because of its depiction of violence and sexual abuse. However, it has also been praised for its positive portrayal of African-American women.


“Slaughterhouse-Five” is a novel by Kurt Vonnegut that was first published in 1969.

The novel is set during World War II and the aftermath of the war, and tells the story of Billy Pilgrim, a soldier who becomes “unstuck in time” and experiences events from his life out of sequence.

The novel has been banned several times, most recently in 2018 in a Michigan school district, because of its controversial content.

“The Lord of the Flies”

The Lord of the Flies is a novel written by William Golding. The novel was first published in 1954 and was immediately successful. The novel has been banned several times throughout the years for its violent and sexual content. The novel is set on an uninhabited island and follows a group of British boys who are stranded there after their plane crashes. The boys are left to fend for themselves and soon descend into savagery.

“Animal Farm”

George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” is being banned in some schools because it is critical of Stalin’s regime in Russia.

” Brave New World”

Brave New World is a novel by Aldous Huxley published in 1932. set in London in the year AD 2540 (632 A.F.—”After Ford”—in the book), the novel anticipates developments in reproductive technology and sleep-learning that combine to change society. The future society is an authoritarian, single-state regime under the control of a World State, governed by a centralised scientific elite operating through the spokesmen of the Commission of the World Council, with citizens divided into five castes—Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta and Epsilon—each kept on relatively low calories and fed mind-numbing drugs to keep them contented in their roles; children are decanted and conditioned so they grow up believing they belong to whichever caste their job or station is best suited for.

“Fahrenheit 451”

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is one of the most frequently banned books in the United States. The novel, which is set in a future dystopian society where books are outlawed and “firemen” burn any that are found, has been accused of being anti-government and anti-establishment. It has also been banned for its depiction of violence and its use of profanity.

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