While most of us spend our free time binge-watching TV and scrolling on our phones, reading is still a very popular activity. This is especially true for students.

Banned Books

Did you know that every state has a list of banned books? It's true!

Some books are kept out of our schools altogether, while others are just prohibited from school reading lists.

According to AAA State of Play, North Dakota ranks very high amongst other states for its number of banned books (27).

We come in seventh place.

The source says Texas has the most banned books in the country (438).

Why Ban Books?

Books can end up on the banned list for a number of reasons like, sexually explicit content, themes of violence or abuse, mentions of teen pregnancy and abortion, and themes of racism.

Pen America put together a list of all the books that have been banned and/or challenged at the start of the 2022 school year. Take a look at North Dakota's list.

*Harper's Baazar says it is possible that some of these books have been reinstated since the 2022 school-year review.*

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Now that you know which books are banned, doesn't that make you want to read them even more?

I don't know about you, but there are a few on the list that definitely weren't on the ban list when I was in school.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Thirteen Reasons Why, Crank, and Slaughterhouse-Five were all available when I was in my grade-school years.

Have you read any of these? Do you think any of these books shouldn't be on the list?

Do you think we shouldn't be putting restrictions on what kids read? Send us a message with your thoughts and opinions!

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