Books and other materials have been challenged or banned throughout history for various reasons. Books are often challenged with the best intentions, such as protecting children from “inappropriate” content; however, banning books is a form of censorship. This page includes resources about the history and culture of banning books in the United States and other countries as well as examples of books that have been challenged or banned.
Definitions from the American Library Association: “A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others.”