While Supreme Court rulings supporting freedom of speech via the written word had for many years greatly reduced instances of books being banned, recently there has been a rise in books being banned from schools by politicians. In a recent study, "Banned in USA", PEN America, an organization of Poets Essayists and Novelists, found that between July 1, 2021 and March 31, 2022 there were at least 1586 instances of books being banned.
The Library Bill of Rights, a foundational document of the library profession, states libraries should challenge censorship and present all points of view, for the enlightenment of all people.
Bill Cosby’s Little Bill series was challenged because of sexual allegations against the author.
The Office for Intellectual Freedom compiles the Top Ten list by documenting public challenges (challenges that are reported in the media), as well as censorship reports submitted through the office’s reporting form.
All artwork, quotes, and statistics courtesy of the American Library Association, www.ala.org.