Looking for some good resources on banned and challenged books? Want to know more about censorship? Here are a few items you might check out.
Sandra Bernstein's "When the Censor Comes"
The CLA/Freedom to Read challenged books and magazines list (pdf)
The 2007 results of the CLA first annual Survey of Challenged Publications (pdf)
ALA's Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books of the 20th Century (with explanations)
ALA's list of 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books (1990-2000) (pdf)
In 1986, the ALA sought to clarify the language around book challenges and book banning. Regarding a challenge:
* Expression of Concern. An inquiry that has judgmental overtones.
* Oral Complaint. An oral challenge to the presence and/or appropriateness of the material in question.
* Written Complaint. A formal, written complaint filed with the institution (library, school, etc.), challenging the presence and/or appropriateness of specific material.
* Public Attack. A publicly disseminated statement challenging the value of the material, presented to the media and/or others outside the institutional organization in order to gain public support for further action.
* Censorship. A change in the access status of material, based on the content of the work and made by a governing authority or its representatives. Such changes include exclusion, restriction, removal, or age/grade level changes.
(copied from here)