Challenges are more than an opinion or point of view; rather, they are an attempt to restrict access to material from the curriculum or library. Challenges are often motivated by a desire to protect children from content that is perceived to be inappropriate or offensive. The top three reasons for challenges according to ALA's Office of Intellectual Freedom:
- Material was considered to be "sexually explicit"
- Material contained "offensive language"
- Materials was "unsuited to any age group"
There is a difference between challenge and banning:
CHALLENGE: an attempt to remove or restrict materials
BANNING: the removal of those materials.
The tireless commitment of librarians, teachers, parents, students and other concerned citizens means that most challenges are unsuccessful.
About Banned & Challenged Books
ALA's Freedom to Read Statement