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Top 10 Challenged Books of 2016!

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September 27, 2017

We are smack-dab in the middle of Banned Books Week, which is an annual initiative organized by the American Library Association (ALA) celebrating the freedom to read. 

Banned Books Weeks is all about celebrating every person's right to read whatever it is they want, Library staff, book sellers, publishers, journalists and readers across the country often tend to celebrate this week, as they continue to advocate for the expression of diverse ideas and stories, despite the attempt to censor or challenge certain titles by some folks who disagree with their content or viewpoint.

Below is a list compiled by the ALA of the most-frequently challenged books of 2016, based on more than 300 challenge complaints the ALA received throughout last year.

For more information on the top 10 most-frequently challenged books of 2016, or about Banned Books Week in general, visit

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