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Freed Between the Lines. Banned Books Week, September 22-28, 2024

We find ourselves, each other, and freedom in reading. The right to read is a shared value that we can all celebrate, but book bans threaten our rights and freedoms. Let鈥檚 stand together to champion our right to read and libraries and be听Freed Between the Lines!

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Censorship by the Numbers. Image showing an assortment of visual representations for book ban data for 2023 and the Banned Books Week 2024 theme (Freed Between the Lines). In 2023, the 港澳台图库 documented the highest number of titles targeted for censorship since 港澳台图库began compiling data more than 20 years ago. 4,240 unique titles were challenged last year, up from 2,571 targeted in 2022. Learn more at ala.org/bbooks.

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The who, what, where, and why of censorship. Download and share our Censorship by the Numbers graphics to spread the word about challenges to library and school materials and services.

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Censorship by the Numbers. Image illustrating the percentage and type of materials challenged in libraries and Banned Books Week 2024 artwork (Freed Between the Lines). Books and Beyond. ALA鈥檚 Office for Intellectual Freedom tracked 1,247 censorship attempts  in 2023. Here鈥檚 the breakdown: 76% Books, graphic novels. 5% Displays. 4% Access (Library closures, funding, bomb threats). 4% Hate crimes (Vandalism, theft of materials representing marginalized groups). 3% Programs. 2% Films. 6% Other. ala.org/bbooks
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Censorship by the Numbers. Image showing a Circle Chart and Banned Books Week 2024 artwork (Freed Between the Lines). Who Initiates Attempts to Censor Books? In 2023, organized pressure groups used their power to try to empty library shelves of all books they deem inappropriate. 28% Partrons. 24% Parents. 21% Pressure groups. 13% Board/administration. 3% Librarians/teachers/staff. 2% Elected officials/government. 9% Other/unknown. Statistics based on 954 cases. ala.org/bbooks
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Censorship by the Numbers. Image showing percentage of censorship attempts by location and Banned Books Week 2024 artwork (Freed Between the Lines). Where Do Censorship Attempts Take Place? Public library collections came under increased scrutiny in 2023. A significant factor in the increase was that groups who had previously targeted materials in school libraries began bringing challenges to the same titles at their public library. 54% Public Libraries. 39% School Libraries. 5% Schools. 2% Higher Education / Other. Statistics based on 1,247 cases with known locations. ala.org/bbooks
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Censorship by the Numbers. Image showing line graph and Banned Books Week 2024 artwork (Freed Between the Lines). Number of Unique Titles Challenged by Year. Line graph shows sharp spike in attempts starting in 2021. Censorship ON THE RISE. The record-breaking number of unique titles targeted in 2023 marked a 65% increase over 2022. Prior to 2021, the average number of unique titles targeted per year was 273. 2004: 390 unique titles. 2014: 183 Unique titles. 2021: 1,858 unique titles. 2022: 2,571 unique titles. 2023: 4,240 unique titles.
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Image showing the Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2023 and Banned Books Week 2024 artwork (Freed Between the Lines). The 港澳台图库 documented 1,247 attempts to censor materials and services at libraries, schools, and universities in 2023. Of the 4,240 unique titles that were challenged or banned in 2023, here are the top 10 most frequently challenged. 1 鈥淕ender Queer,鈥 by Maia Kobabe. Reasons: LGBTQIA+ content, claimed to be sexually explicit. 2 鈥淎ll Boys Aren鈥檛 Blue,鈥 by George M. Johnson. Reasons: LGBTQIA+ content, claimed to be sexually explicit. 3 鈥淭his Book is Gay,鈥 by Juno Dawson. Reasons: LGBTQIA+ content, sex education, claimed to be sexually explicit. 4 鈥淭he Perks of Being a Wallflower,鈥 by Stephen Chbosky. Reasons: Claimed to be sexually explicit, LGBTQIA+ content, rape, drugs, profanity. 5 鈥淔lamer,鈥 by Mike Curato. Reasons: LGBTQIA+ content, claimed to be sexually explicit. 6 鈥淭he Bluest Eye,鈥 by Toni Morrison. Reasons: Rape, incest, claimed to be sexually explicit, EDI content. 7/8 (TIE) 鈥淭ricks,鈥 by Ellen Hopkins. Reasons:  Claimed to be sexually explicit, drugs, rape, LGBTQIA+ content. 7/8 (TIE) 鈥淢e and Earl and the Dying Girl,鈥 by Jesse Andrews. Reasons: Claimed to be sexually explicit, profanity. 9 鈥淟et's Talk About It,鈥 by Erika Moen and Matthew Nolan. Reasons: Claimed to be sexually explicit, sex education, LGBTQIA+ content. 10 鈥淪old,鈥 by Patricia McCormick. Reasons: Claimed to be sexually explicit, rape

Top 10听Most Challenged Books of 2023

ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom documented听.听The number of titles targeted for censorship surged 65% in 2023 compared to 2022, reaching the highest levels ever documented by OIF in more than 20 years of tracking:听4,240 unique book titles听were targeted for removal from听schools and libraries.听These are most challenged, including听reasons cited for censoring the books.

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Image showing the #1 Most Challenged Book of 2023: Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe. Challenged for LGBTQIA+ content, claimed to be sexually explicit.
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Artwork showing the #2 Most Challenged Book of 2023: All Boys Aren't Blue by George M. Johnson. Challenged for LGBTQIA+ content, claimed to be sexually explicit.
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Artwork showing #3 Most Challenged Book of 2023: This Book Is Gay by Juno Dawson. Challenged for LGBTQIA+ content, sex education, claimed to be sexually explicit.
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Artwork showing #4 Most Challenged Book of 2023: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. Claimed to be sexually explicit, LGBTQIA+ content, rape, druds, profanity
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Artwork of the $5 Most Challenged Book of 2023: Flamer by Mike Curato. Challenged for LGBTQIA+ content, claimed to be sexually explicit.
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Artwork showing the #6 Most Challenged Book of 2023: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison. Challenged for depction of rape and incest; claimed to be sexually explicit; EDI content
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Artwork illustrating the #7/8 (tied) Most Challenged Book of 2023: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews. Claimed to be sexually explicit, profanity
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Artwork of the #7/8 (tie) Most Challenged Book of 2023: Tricks by Ellen Hopkins. Claimed to be sexually explicit, drugs, rape, LGBTQIA+ content.
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Artwork of the #9 Most Challenged Book of 2023: Let's Talk About It by Erika Moen and Matthew Nolan. Claimed to be sexually explicit, sex education, LGBTQIA+ content
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Artwork of the #10 Most Challenged Book of 2023: Sold by Patricia McCormick. Claimed to be sexually explicit, rape
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