Here are 50 books Texas parents want banned from school libraries (2022)

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1. "Drama," by Raina Telgemeier 2. "When Wilma Rudolph Played Basketball," by Mark Weakland 3. "Lawn Boy," by Jonathan Evison 4. "Better Nate Than Ever," by Tim Federle 5. "Five, Six, Seven, Nate!" by Tim Federle 6. "The Bluest Eye," by Toni Morrison 7. "Out of Darkness," by Ashley Hope Pérez 8. "Ghost Boys," by Jewell Parker Rhodes 9. "l8r, g8r," by Lauren Myracle 10. "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl," by Jesse Andrews 11. "White Bird: A Wonder Story," by R.J. Palacio 12. "Ground Zero: A Novel of 9/11," by Alan Gratz 13. "Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic," by Alison Bechdel 14. "Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts)" by L.C. Rosen 15. "City of Thieves," by David Benioff 16. "Gender Queer," by Maia Kobabe 17. "This One Summer," by Mariko Tamaki 18. "We Are the Ants," by Shaun David Hutchinson 19. "The Breakaways," by Cathy G. Johnson 20. "All Boys Aren't Blue," by George M. Johnson 21. "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," by Stephen Chbosky 22. "Michelle Obama: Political Icon," by Heather E. Schwartz 23. "Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You," by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi 24. "New Kid," by Jerry Craft 25. "Class Act," by Jerry Craft 26. "Salvage the Bones," by Jesmyn Ward 27. "Woke: A Young Poet's Call to Justice," by Mahogany L. Browne, Elizabeth Acevedo and Olivia Gatwood 28. "Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness," by Anastasia Higginbotham 29. "How to be an Antiracist," by Ibram X. Kendi 30. "A Good Kind of Trouble," by Lisa Moore Ramée 31. "We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices," by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson 32. "On the Bright Side, I'm Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God," by Louise Rennison 33. "The Kite Runner," by Khaled Hosseini 34. "It's Perfectly Normal," by Robie H. Harris 35. "Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out," by Susan Kuklin 36. "Monday's Not Coming," by Tiffany D. Jackson 37. "More Happy Than Not," by Adam Silvera 38. "George," by Alex Gino 39. "What Girls Are Made Of," by Elana K. Arnold 40. "I Am Jazz," by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings 41. "So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed," by Jon Ronson 42. "King and the Dragonflies," by Kacen Callender 43. "Go With the Flow," by Lily Williams and Karen Schneemann 44. "Last Night at the Telegraph Club," by Malinda Lo 45. "Weird Girl and What's His Name," by Meagan Brothers 46. "Flamer," by Mike Curato 47. "Milk and Honey," by Rupi Kaur 48. "A Court of Mist and Fury," by Sarah J. Maas 49. "47," by Walter Mosley 50. "Girls Like Us," by Gail Giles FAQs Videos

Conservative parents have swarmed school board meetings in Texas and across the country in recent months to call for the removal of library books that deal with race, racism, sex, gender and sexuality. Some parents have taken it a step further, filling out paperwork to formally challenge the appropriateness of library books and forcing school administrators to review them.

Read more: Books on race and sexuality are disappearing from Texas schools in record numbers

NBC News sent public records requests to nearly 100 school districts in the Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin regions — a small sampling of the state’s 1,250 public school systems — and found 86 formal requests to remove books from libraries last year, the vast majority coming during the final four months of the year. Several titles were targeted in multiple districts.

Drawing from those records, below is a list of 50 books that Texas parents tried to ban in 2021.

1. "Drama," by Raina Telgemeier

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A parent asked administrators at the Spring Branch Independent School District in Houston to pull this graphic novel, which features gay and bisexual characters, because she claimed it might lead young students "to question their sexual orientation when they don't even comprehend what that means."

2. "When Wilma Rudolph Played Basketball," by Mark Weakland

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A parent in Prosper, a Dallas suburb, said this illustrated children's book, which touches on the racism that Olympian Wilma Rudolph experienced growing up in Tennessee in the 1940s, should be removed from school libraries because "it opines prejudice based on race."

3. "Lawn Boy," by Jonathan Evison

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A parent in Plano said this coming-of-age novel about a Mexican American character's journey to understanding his own sexuality and ethnic identity should be banned because it contains "profanity, pornography, gambling, homosexuality." The parent claimed the book encourages "admiring people with low morals and values, and hate of other people."

4. "Better Nate Than Ever," by Tim Federle

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A parent in Leander, an Austin suburb, asked for this book, which features a subplot about a teenager who’s starting to notice his attraction to other boys, to be removed because the parent didn't believe "books should discuss sensitive/controversial topics such as gender,sexuality."

5. "Five, Six, Seven, Nate!" by Tim Federle

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A Leander parent suggested replacing children's books that mention gender identity or sexuality, including this one, with "classics," such as "White Fang," "The Indian in the Cupboard,""The Swiss Family Robinson" and Shakespeare.

6. "The Bluest Eye," by Toni Morrison

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This classic novel by the Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison should be banned from schools, according to a parent in the Fort Worth suburb of Birdville, because it includes a graphic description of rape.

7. "Out of Darkness," by Ashley Hope Pérez

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This novel, about a 1930s East Texas romance between a Mexican American girl and a Black boy, isn't suitable for teens, a Birdville parent wrote, because "it depicts a graphic sexual experience between minors."

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8. "Ghost Boys," by Jewell Parker Rhodes

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According to a Houston parent, reading this novel about a Black boy killed by police might cause white children who attend the Spring Branch Independent School District to “feel ashamed based on color of their skin.”

9. "l8r, g8r," by Lauren Myracle

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Told entirely through instant messages among three high school students, this novel has no place in schools, according to a parent in the Dallas suburb of McKinney, because it contains a "description of oral sex with minors," among other sexually explicit passages.

10. "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl," by Jesse Andrews

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A parent in the Houston suburb of Katy wrote that this book, which chronicles the relationship between a teen boy and a girl with leukemia, includes "obscene language" and could lead students to "become over sexualized and objectified."

11. "White Bird: A Wonder Story," by R.J. Palacio

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A parent in the Spring Branch ISD said this graphic novel — about a Jewish teen living in France after Nazis seized power — should be banned because it's "biased" and could lead to the "skewing of a young child's mind."

12. "Ground Zero: A Novel of 9/11," by Alan Gratz

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A parent in Prosper said this novel, which tells the story of 9/11 and its aftermath from the dueling perspectives of an American boy and an Afghan girl, should be removed from schools because it "depicts American soldiers as callous, evil and terrorists" and because the author mentions the racial or ethnic identities of every character.

13. "Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic," by Alison Bechdel

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This illustrated memoir, which recounts the author’s coming of age as a lesbian, is unsuitable for schools, according to a parent in Birdville, because it includes graphic descriptions of sexual violence.

14. "Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts)" by L.C. Rosen

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A Katy mom asked administrators to remove this book, about a 17-year-old gay student who has a lot of sex and isn’t ashamed of it, after reading explicit passages aloud at a school board meeting: “We cannot unread this type of content," she said, "and I would like to protect my kids’ hearts and minds from this.”

15. "City of Thieves," by David Benioff

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A parent in San Antonio asked the Northside Independent School District to ban this work historical fiction, set during the Nazis’ siege of Leningrad, because it includes “pornographic imagery” that is "not suited for the majority" of readers, the parent wrote, adding, "... unless you're into that."

16. "Gender Queer," by Maia Kobabe

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This illustrated memoir by a nonbinary author, which includes sexually explicit cartoon images, triggered attempted bans — and even threats of criminal charges — in several Texas school districts.

17. "This One Summer," by Mariko Tamaki

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A Birdville mom wanted this book, a graphic novel featuring LGBTQ characters, removed from libraries because, she said, it "has a recurring theme of oral sex."

18. "We Are the Ants," by Shaun David Hutchinson

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This coming-of-age novel about a gay teenager came under fire in Birdville when a parent complained that it has explicit descriptions of "masterbation and genitalia."

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19. "The Breakaways," by Cathy G. Johnson

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Parents in Keller and Spring Branch complained that this graphic novel, which features a transgender character, should be off-limits for young students because it includes images of children kissing in bed.

20. "All Boys Aren't Blue," by George M. Johnson

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This memoir by a queer Black author was flagged for removal by a group of Katy parents because it includes descriptions of molestation and sex between men.

21. "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," by Stephen Chbosky

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A parent in McKinney asked the district to remove this coming-of-age novel because it includes descriptions of homosexuality, date rape and masturbation.

22. "Michelle Obama: Political Icon," by Heather E. Schwartz

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A Katy parent asked to have this children's biography of the former first lady banned at every grade level because, the parent said, it unfairly depicts former President Donald Trump as a bully and because Obama's reflections on race gave the impression that "if you sound like a white girl you should be ashamed of yourself."

23. "Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You," by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

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This young adult adaptation of "Stamped From the Beginning," Kendi's National Book Award-winning historical examination of racism, was flagged for removal by a parent in Katy, who wrote that the children's book "is littered with completely fabricated and conspiracy theory views on history" that make it seem as if "all historical events of the past were a result of racism."

24. "New Kid," by Jerry Craft

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A Katy mom asked to ban this graphic novel about a Black seventh grader at a mostly white school. She claimed that, because it includes references to microaggressions, the book is "about critical race theory, which is forbidden by Texas law."

25. "Class Act," by Jerry Craft

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A Katy mom said this graphic novel, the second in a series, should be removed from schools because it will make white children feel guilty and "kids will be brainwashed that one race is superior than the other."

26. "Salvage the Bones," by Jesmyn Ward

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In asking to ban this book about the plight of a Black working-class family as they prepare for Hurricane Katrina, a parent in Katy wrote, "I object to the explicit description of the teenage girl having sex with the boys in her social group."

27. "Woke: A Young Poet's Call to Justice," by Mahogany L. Browne, Elizabeth Acevedo and Olivia Gatwood

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A dad in Grapevine, a Dallas suburb, asked his child's school district to ban this book, a collection of poems by women of color on topics relating to social justice, activism and discrimination, because, he said, it promotes "terrorism."

28. "Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness," by Anastasia Higginbotham

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A parent asked the Eanes Independent School District in Austin to remove this picture book about racial justice, arguing that no books that promote the Black Lives Matter movement should be available to children.

29. "How to be an Antiracist," by Ibram X. Kendi

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In asking to ban this nonfiction book about resisting racism, an Eanes parent suggested replacing it with copies of the Bible.

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30. "A Good Kind of Trouble," by Lisa Moore Ramée

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An Eanes parent asked administrators to get rid of this novel, about a 12-year-old girl who gets involved in the Black Lives Matter movement, because it might cause a white child to feel "confusion or distress."

31. "We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices," by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson

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This illustrated collection of poems and essays about overcoming prejudice and racism shouldn't be allowed in schools, an Eanes parent wrote, because it "promotes discrimination."

32. "On the Bright Side, I'm Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God," by Louise Rennison

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A parent in Denton, north of Dallas, wanted this teen romance removed from schools, arguing that it should be replaced with books "that have humor that do not promote sexual activity."

33. "The Kite Runner," by Khaled Hosseini

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This acclaimed novel about an unlikely friendship between a wealthy Afghan boy and the son of his father's servant was flagged for removal by a mom in Birdville who complained that it "depicts the rape and sexual exploitation of minors."

34. "It's Perfectly Normal," by Robie H. Harris

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A mom in Birdville asked school leaders to remove this book — an illustrated guide to puberty, sex and sexual health — after her child checked it out, writing that it wasn't appropriate for middle schoolers.

35. "Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out," by Susan Kuklin

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This book, a collection of interviews with transgender or gender-neutral young adults, was flagged for removal by a parent in Birdville who claimed that the book, which includes descriptions of sexual abuse of minors, encourages sexual activity among young children.

36. "Monday's Not Coming," by Tiffany D. Jackson

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This novel, which focuses on the unexplained disappearance of a Black teen, includes explicit language about sex, which was the basis for a Birdville parent's request to have it removed from school libraries.

37. "More Happy Than Not," by Adam Silvera

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This novel, which includes LGBTQ storylines and explicit language, is one of dozens of library books that have been flagged for removal in the Fort Worth suburb of Keller. (Most of the formal library challenges submitted to the Keller Independent School District were filled out on behalf of parents by a school administrator and don't specify why the parents sought to have the books removed.)

38. "George," by Alex Gino

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This book, lauded for its portrayal of a transgender child, is one of dozens of library books that have been flagged for removal in Keller.

39. "What Girls Are Made Of," by Elana K. Arnold

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This young adult novel, a National Book Award finalist, mentions abortion and includes multiple descriptions of sex. It's one of dozens of library books that have been flagged for removal in Keller.

40. "I Am Jazz," by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings

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This illustrated children's book about a transgender child — based on the real-life experiences of one of the authors — is one of dozens of library books that have been flagged for removal in Keller.

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41. "So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed," by Jon Ronson

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This book, in which the author interviews people who've been shamed on the internet, touches on sensitive subjects, including rape and suicide. It's one of dozens of library books that have been flagged for removal in Keller.

42. "King and the Dragonflies," by Kacen Callender

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Winner of the 2020 National Book Award for Young People's Literature, this novel deals with themes such as grief, love, family, friendship, racism and sexuality. It is one of dozens of library books that have been flagged for removal in Keller.

43. "Go With the Flow," by Lily Williams and Karen Schneemann

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This graphic novel, which the School Library Journal praised for its message "that periods need not be a dirty secret,” is one of dozens of library books that have been flagged for removal in Keller.

44. "Last Night at the Telegraph Club," by Malinda Lo

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This novel, about a lesbian romance set in 1954 between a Chinese American teen and a white classmate, is one of dozens of library books that have been flagged for removal in Keller.

45. "Weird Girl and What's His Name," by Meagan Brothers

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Tracing the story of a 17-year-old girl who's beginning to question her sexual orientation, this is one of dozens of library books that have been flagged for removal in Keller.

46. "Flamer," by Mike Curato

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The School Library Journal said this graphic novel, about a boy wrestling with his sexuality at summer camp, is "an essential book that shows readers that they are never alone in their struggles." It's one of dozens of library books that have been flagged for removal in Keller.

47. "Milk and Honey," by Rupi Kaur

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This collection of poetry and short stories about violence, abuse, love, loss and femininity is one of dozens of library books that have been flagged for removal in Keller.

48. "A Court of Mist and Fury," by Sarah J. Maas

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The second in a series of young adult fantasy novels, this is one of dozens of library books that have been flagged for removal in Keller.

49. "47," by Walter Mosley

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This novel, about a young slave boy who becomes swept up in a struggle for his own liberation, is one of dozens of library books that have been flagged for removal in Keller.

50. "Girls Like Us," by Gail Giles

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This novel, which includes descriptions of sexual abuse, is one of dozens of library books that have been flagged for removal in Keller.

FAQs

What are the banned books in Texas? ›

The most frequent books removed included “Gender Queer: A Memoir” by Maia Kobabe, which depicts Kobabe's journey of gender identity and sexual orientation; “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison; “Roe v.

What books have been banned 2022? ›

What books are being banned
  • Gender Queer by Maia KobabeReasons: Banned, challenged, and restricted for LGBTQIA+ content, and because it was considered to have sexually explicit images.
  • Lawn Boy by Jonathan EvisonReasons: Banned and challenged for LGBTQIA+ content and because it was considered to be sexually explicit.
22 Sept 2022

How many books are banned in the US 2022? ›

2022 book bans are set to exceed 2021's numbers

From January to August 2022, the ALA found 681 attempts to ban or restrict library resources which targeted 1,651 unique titles. Based on these numbers for the first eight months of 2022, book bans have increased since last year, when they reached an all-time high.

What are the books schools want to ban? ›

Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2021
  • Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe. ...
  • Lawn Boy by Jonathan Evison. ...
  • All Boys Aren't Blue by George M. ...
  • Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez. ...
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. ...
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. ...
  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews.

What is the most banned book in 2022? ›

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Published in 2012, this irreverent book about dying is still one of the most banned books in 2022.

What Texas school district banned the Bible? ›

The move came after the board of the Keller independent school district, in Dallas-Forth Worth's Tarrant county, set a new policy that called for reviewing books.

What is the number 1 banned book in America? ›

What Is the Most Banned Book in America? For all time, the most frequently banned book is 1984 by George Orwell.

What is the number 1 banned book in the world? ›

1. THE CATCHER IN THE RYE, by J.D. Salinger.

Why was Charlotte's Web banned? ›

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

Due to themes of death and the fact that the main characters are talking animals, a parent group in Kansas sought to ban the book from their students' school libraries.

Why we should not ban books in schools? ›

Banned books usually focus on topics that are realistic, timeless, and important to learn. If students aren't exposed to these topics in schools, they may not be able to gain an awareness for these topics. Students need to have exposure to these tough topics so they don't grow up lacking awareness of the real world.

Why are people trying to ban books? ›

The book bans represent an immense increase in the number of books banned compared with any previous years and are part of the larger movement to restrict classroom conversations and lessons about race, racism, gender identity, and sexual orientation that has been led by Republican lawmakers and conservative parent ...

Why are books being banned in 2022? ›

In the first eight months of 2022, the ALA received 681 reports of book challenges targeting 1,651 unique books. Most of the books have to do with race, sex, sexual orientation, and gender. Parents, teachers, students, and other stakeholders commonly express concerns over the works students read in schools.

Is banning books a good idea? ›

Simply banning books because they're too much of a “sensitive topic” will only harm young readers. Books are supposed to enhance our understanding of topics, history, etc. The books that are on the list of being banned are all books that help readers understand certain topics to a significant extent.

Is Junie B Jones banned? ›

The Junie B. Jones series came in at #71 on the American Library Association's list of the Top 100 Banned or Challenged Books from 2000 to 2009. Reasons cited are "poor social values taught by the books, and Junie B. Jones not being considered a good role model due to her mouthiness, bad spelling, and grammar."

Who is behind the banning of books? ›

Organizations and groups involved in pushing for book bans have sprung up rapidly at the local and national levels, particularly since 2021. These range from local Facebook groups to the nonprofit organization Moms for Liberty, a national-level organization that now has over 200 chapters.

Why was Harry Potter banned? ›

In fact, when Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was first published, many parents and teachers did not want this book in their schools, homes, or libraries. At. All. The book promoted “witchcraft, the occult, and anti-family themes” just to name a few.

Why is The Lorax banned? ›

The Lorax by Dr.

Dr. Seuss' environmental kid's book was banned in 1989 in a California school because it was believed to portray logging in a poor light and would turn children against the foresting industry.

Why was Animal Farm banned? ›

There are many places in the world where George Orwell's satire Animal Farm has been banned. To say that the United States is not one of these places is an understatement. The book was misunderstood and was seen as being critical of all forms of socialism, rather than specifically Stalinist communism.

Why was the Bible removed from Texas schools? ›

The books that were pulled include the graphic novel adaptation of Anne Frank's diary, all versions of the Bible and numerous books with LGBTQ+ themes or characters. The School Board did not say why the Bible and the Anne Frank book were removed, but parents had objected to them, according to the list.

Why was Diary of a Wimpy Kid banned in Texas? ›

"Diary of a Wimpy Kid" by Jeff Kinney: formally challenged in October 2018 in Conroe ISD because the complainant believed the main character had a “pessimistic world view” and the story was “contrary to everything Christian, and those of any faith who are seeking morality.” A review committee found it was appropriate.

Is the Bible banned in school libraries? ›

You can have Bibles in your classroom library.

Is Brown Bear Brown Bear A banned book? ›

This book was banned due to the author's name. Brown Bear, Brown Bear was banned when The Texas State Board of Education accidentally mixed up its author Bill Martin Jr. with Bill Martin author of Ethical Marxism: The Categorical Imperative of Liberation.

Why is the color purple banned? ›

“The Color Purple” by Alice Walker has been banned in schools all over the country since 1984, due to its graphic sexual content and situations of violence and abuse. While “The Color Purple” contains a lot of controversial content, it's necessary to the story and is what makes the book so real and unique.

What is the most banned book in US schools? ›

What are the most banned books?
  • “The Hate U Give,” by Angie Thomas.
  • “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” by Sherman Alexie.
  • “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” by Jesse Andrews.
  • “The Bluest Eye,” by Toni Morrison.
  • “This Book Is Gay,” by Juno Dawson.
  • “Beyond Magenta,” by Susan Kuklin.
29 Jun 2022

Why is Alice in Wonderland a banned book? ›

"Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was originally banned in China and other parts of the world because some people objected to the animal characters being able to use human language. They felt this put animals on the same level as humans"(Banned).

What books have been banned the most? ›

Most Commonly Banned Books
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. ...
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. ...
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger. ...
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker. ...
  • The Great Gatsby by F. ...
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou. ...
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding.
3 May 2022

What is the current banned book list? ›

Banned Books Week 2021
  • Slaughterhouse Five Or the Childrens… by Kurt Vonnegut. ...
  • 1984. by George Orwell. ...
  • Alchemist. by Paulo Coelho. ...
  • Her Body and Other Parties: Stories. by Carmen Maria Machado. ...
  • Beartown: A Novel. by Fredrik Backman. ...
  • The Left Hand of Darkness. by Ursula K. ...
  • The Kite Runner. by Khaled Hosseini. ...
  • The Catcher in the Rye.

Why is James and the Giant Peach banned? ›

In 1986, a WI town banned this book because religious groups thought a scene featuring a spider licking her lips could be taken in two ways, including sexual.

Why is green eggs and ham banned? ›

Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham was banned in Maoist China in 1965. What was the reason? Apparently, it portrayed Marxism in a bad light by showing the Sam-I-Am character force his possessions (green eggs and ham) onto someone else. The ban was not lifted until Seuss' death in 1991.

Why was snowy day banned? ›

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

The first color picture book to have a black main character and a lot of people were outraged. Some thought Keats represented black people in a negative way, others said that he couldn't write about a black character because he wasn't black.

How many books are banned in Texas? ›

The PEN America report found that 1,648 individual book titles were banned nationwide in 2,532 decisions from July 2021 to June 2022. Texas' total number of bans during that period was 801 in 22 school districts, far outpacing No. 2 Florida, which banned 566 books in 21 districts.

Is there a banned book list? ›

Top Banned & Challenged Books
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.
  • Maus by Art Spiegelman.
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
  • 1984 by George Orwell.
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding.
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell.
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck.
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

Why is king and the dragonflies banned? ›

"King and the Dragonflies" and "Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You" were included in 86 formal removal requests from Texas parents over the last year. "King" includes a Black queer character who grows up in the South, and "Stamped" is a historical account of racism in the U.S. from historian Ibram X.

Why is Fahrenheit 451 a banned book? ›

Is "Fahrenheit 451" banned in America? This novel is not banned. Sometimes Fahrenheit 451 is challenged and asked to be removed because it contains vulgar language and content. Some people may take offense to the content due to conflicting moral, ethical, or religious beliefs.

Why are books being banned in schools? ›

Books involving sexual content—such as stories about teen pregnancy, sexual assault and abortion—account for 22 percent of the titles. About 21 percent directly address race and racism, while 40 percent feature major characters of color. The team behind Banned in the USA wanted to determine where book bans originated.

Why are books banned? ›

Sexual Situations or Dialog: Many books with content that include sexual situations or dialog are banned or censored. Violence or Negativity: Books with content that include violence are often banned or censored. Some books have also been deemed too negative or depressing and have been banned or censored as well.

How long has book banning been around? ›

Book banning became widespread in the late 18th century, continuing into the early 19th century, until writers began to fight back with the explosion of the modernist movement. Modernist writers broke the boundaries of what acceptable literature was and wrote about topics that were once considered taboo.

What is the number 1 banned book in America? ›

What Is the Most Banned Book in America? For all time, the most frequently banned book is 1984 by George Orwell.

What is the number 1 banned book in the world? ›

1. THE CATCHER IN THE RYE, by J.D. Salinger.

Why was Charlotte's Web banned? ›

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

Due to themes of death and the fact that the main characters are talking animals, a parent group in Kansas sought to ban the book from their students' school libraries.

Why is milk and honey banned in Texas? ›

over the last few months parts of texas and oregon have banned or attempted to ban 'milk and honey' from schools and libraries. why? because it explores sexual assault and violence experienced by a young woman.

Is Junie B Jones banned? ›

The Junie B. Jones series came in at #71 on the American Library Association's list of the Top 100 Banned or Challenged Books from 2000 to 2009. Reasons cited are "poor social values taught by the books, and Junie B. Jones not being considered a good role model due to her mouthiness, bad spelling, and grammar."

Why is white bird being banned? ›

"White Bird: A Wonder Story," by R.J.

A parent in the Spring Branch ISD said this graphic novel — about a Jewish teen living in France after Nazis seized power — should be banned because it's "biased" and could lead to the "skewing of a young child's mind."

Why is The Lorax banned? ›

The Lorax by Dr.

Dr. Seuss' environmental kid's book was banned in 1989 in a California school because it was believed to portray logging in a poor light and would turn children against the foresting industry.

Is Of Mice and Men a banned book? ›

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck is regularly on the banned books list put out by the American Library Association. It has been banned because of vulgarity, racism, and its treatment of women. The challenges don't seem to go away as time goes on; even in the twenty-first century, the book is still being challenged.

Was a raisin in the sun banned? ›

A Raisin in the Sun

Challenged, but retained in the Normal, Ill. Community High School sophomore literature class (2004) despite objections that the play is degrading to African Americans.

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1. America’s Book Bans: The Latest Culture War Front | The Daily Show
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2. Open Eyes: Banned Books, Kids, and the War on Reading
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3. Parents, School Officials Sound Off On Banning of Books About Race, Gender and Sexuality
(NBC News)
4. Oklahoma Bill PAYS Parents To Ban Books From Schools
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5. School library books create controversy at the state legislature
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6. Banned books prominently displayed for week of conversations on censorship
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