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The most banned and challenged books of 2014

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April 13, 2015

A memoir by a sexual assault survivor, a science fiction comic book and a children's book about gay penguins were among the 10 most frequently banned or challenged books in the United States last year, according to the American Library Assn. (ALA)

The ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom today released its annual "Top Ten List of Frequently Challenged Books," based on over 300 reports of community members attempting to have literature removed from libraries and school curricula. The organization notes that "attempts to remove books by authors of color and books with themes about issues concerning communities of color are disproportionately challenged and banned."

Diverse authors and titles from 2014, such as "The Crossover" by Kwame Alexander and "Brown Girl Dreaming" by Jacqueline Woodson, were highlighted with many awards, causing the audience to cheer the choices by the committees.

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