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The Mississippi Challenged Books Index collects data about challenges to library materials in Mississippi. A material challenge is when a patron requests that a book, movie, or other material be removed from a library’s collection due to its content. This information will be displayed for other libraries to view and collected into annual reports. Mississippi libraries can report this information to the Mississippi Challenged Books Index on a voluntary basis.

MCBI provides information and resources to libraries dealing with challenges. Past library challenges are posted for public use on the MCBI site, including how the library dealt with the challenge.

For more information, contact Alex Brower.

Have you had a material challenge in your library? Fill out the Material Challenge Report.


TitleAuthorInstitution TypeReason for ChallengeStatusYear
Go Ask AliceAnonymousPublic schoolProfane and sexually objectionableChallenged1984
CujoStephen KingPublic schoolProfane and sexually objectionableChallenged1984
I Know Why the Caged Bird SingsMaya AngelouPublic schoolToo sexually explicit to be read by childrenTemporarily banned, returned to circulation1993
To Kill a MockingbirdHarper LeePublic schoolContains a racial epithetChallenged1996
Fallen AngelsWalter Dean MyersPublic schoolProfanityBanned2002
America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy InactionJon Stewart et alPublic libraryContained an image of Supreme Court judges' faces superimposed on naked bodiesReturned to circulation2004
Will Grayson, Will GraysonJohn Green and David LevithanPublic libraryLGBT themesChallenged2017
Outside Over ThereMaurice SendakPublic libraryDisturbing imageryChallenged2017
Her Body and Other Parties: StoriesCarmen Maria MachadoPublic library"Raunchy"Challenged2018


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