Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Book Challenge Statistics

The American Library Association has an interesting page of library material challenge statistics.

Some highlights:
  • From 1990-2010, the top three reasons library materials were challenged included sexual explicitness, offensive language, and being considered unsuited to age group.
  • Parents are by far the most likely people to initiate a challenge.
  • Most book challenges happen at schools and school libraries.
Take a look around the site - there's lots of other good information, including an explanation of the difference between a challenge and a banning, lists of banned and challenged books, most frequently challenged authors, and more.

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