Where are books banned?

Book bans are popping up across the country, with documented restrictions in at least 32 states. A state-by-state breakdown shows Texas and Florida have banned the most books, according to PEN America, a non-profit that advocates for freedom of expression.

The bans are mostly driven by right-wing political groups, such as Moms for Liberty and No Left Turn in Education. But left-leaning organizations, like We Need Diverse Books and Disrupt Texts, have also sought to remove or revise books taught in K-12 schools.

The majority of banned titles are authored by or about members of the LGBTQ and Black communities. Most banned books include content on race, racism, and sex.

Which books are banned the most?

The 2022 book ban list includes titles that have been restricted in previous years. They include The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, and The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. But there are also some new additions: Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe and Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez.

Take a look at the most targeted books over the past three years:

Top 10 challenged books in 2019, 2020, and 2021. They include Gender Queer, Lawn Boy, The Handmaid's Tale, Of Mice and Men, The Bluest Eye, and the Harry Potter series.
Graphic: Clarisa Diaz

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