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Four banned or challenged books everyone should read

Despite being adapted into several children's films, Lewis Carroll's classic novel has been challenged for nearly 100 years.

Book censorship has been prevalent since the beginning of books. Every year, a number of books are challenged by various organizations for a variety of reasons. For more information on book censorship as well as a full list of the titles that have been challenged or banned, visit

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Harper Lee’s semi-autobiographical novel about growing up in the south in the 1930s was originally published in 1960. The novel covers topics such as inequality and racial injustice though the eyes of a little girl. Mainly challenged for language and questionable content, the novel has been removed from school libraries and classrooms since the late 1970s.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a coming of age tale that covers a variety of issues including mental illness and sexual assault. The book has been challenged since its publication in 1999 and has been removed from many classroom bookshelves for mature themes and content.

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Lewis Carroll's classic story about a young girl that falls down a rabbit hole only to be transported into a nonsensical world has been the subject of controversy since the early 1900s. Challenged mainly for underlying contexts, the book has been banned from classrooms and school libraries

The entire Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling

According to the American Library Association, The Harry Potter series makes up the most banned books of the 21st Century. Challenged by both religious organizations and parents groups, the books have been removed from classrooms and school library shelves since the release of the first book in 1997.

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