Apr 2, 2024 - News

Ohio book ban attempts on the rise

Book titles challenged in public schools and libraries, 2023
Data: American Library Association; Map: Rahul Mukherjee/Axios

Ohio saw an increase in the number of book titles challenged last year compared to 2022, according to the American Library Association.

Why it matters: Some of the most targeted books deal with themes of social justice, discrimination and inequality, which can diminish access to diverse viewpoints and cause harm, according to the ALA.

By the numbers: Forty complaints were filed in Ohio last year, challenging a total of 235 books.

  • That's fewer complaints than were filed in 2022, but nearly three times as many books targeted.

The big picture: The number of books targeted for censorship at U.S. schools and libraries rose 65% between 2022 and 2023, Axios' Jennifer A. Kingson reports.

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