Book Challenges By the Numbers: Text version of Top Ten Most Challenged Books 2016 Infographic

Your words have the power to challenge censorship. Out of the hundreds of challenges ALA records every year, only about 10% of books are removed from communal shelves, thanks to local literary champions such as librarians, students and patrons. #WordsHavePower. Pictured: Person reading a book with fist raised defiantly.

Where are books challenged?

49% public library. 30% school. 20% school library. 1% special library.

Who challenges books?

31% patrons. 10% board/administration. 8% librarians/teachers. 2% political and religious groups. 2% government. 5% other. 42% parents.

Why are books challenged?

  • Insensitivity.
  • Gender roles.
  • Dangerous.
  • Author.
  • Death.
  • Satanic rituals.
  • Horror.
  • Smiling slaves.
  • Racism.
  • LGBT.
  • Violence.
  • Inaccurate.
  • Profanity.
  • Supernatural.
  • Transgender main character.
  • Antifamily.
  • N word.
  • Nudity.
  • Racism.
  • Sexually explicit.
  • Art.
  • Defies authority.
  • Racial overtones.
  • Excessive police force.
  • Racial slurs.
  • Satanism.
  • Offensive language.
  • Drugs. Offensive.
  • Illustrations.
  • Low literary value.
  • Disgusting and all around offensive.
  • Occult.
  • Rape.
  • Religious viewpoint.
  • Suicide.
  • Abortion.
  • Political viewpoint.
  • Scary to minors.
  • Uneducational.
  • Sex education.
  • Pornographic.

82-97% of challenges remain unreported.

Statistics on challenged books are compiled by the Office for Intellectual Freedom, American Library Association.

Ala.org/bbooks.