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Children's & Young Adult Literature: Banned Books

Guide for library and Internet research resources about children's and young adult literature.

Banned & Challenged Books

"The American Library Association promotes the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one's opinions even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular, and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those viewpoints to all who wish to read them."

Difference between a challenged & banned book" http://www.ala.org/bbooks/about

  • A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group.
  • A banning is the 'actual' removal of those materials.

Searching for Books

Search here to see if ASU has the children's book you want.


When searching for challenged or banned books use the following search strategies:

Keyword search: Banned books

Subject search: Prohibited books; Censorship


Additional Information

OIF is charged with implementing ALA policies concerning the concept of intellectual freedom as embodied in the Library Bill of Rights, the Association’s basic policy on free access to libraries and library materials.
Extensive information about banned children's & young adult books including links to ALA resources complied by Education Librarian. 

Annual List of Banned Books

The links to list of books challenged, restricted, removed, or banned each as reported in the Newsletter on Intellectual Freedomare below. Some links  download a PDF of each list while others link to a web page.


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