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The American Library Association report released Thursday found that nearly half of the books challenged last year deal with LGBTQ themes or with race or racism, much like in years past. Rick Bowmer/AP hide caption

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American Library Association report says book challenges soared in 2023

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A 19th-century engraving of Cpt. Miles Standish and his men observing the 'immoral' behavior of the Maypole festivities of 1628 at Merrymount. ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images hide caption

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Parents Against Bad Books co-founder Carolyn Harrison (center) talks with people last month outside the public library in Idaho Falls, Idaho, about what she considers obscene books on the shelves. Kim Raff for NPR hide caption

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In the battle over books, who gets to decide what's age-appropriate at libraries?

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Scholastic says it will stop offering the controversial collection of race- and gender-related titles at middle school book fairs starting in January. Getty Images hide caption

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A Scholastic Book Fair banner pictured outside a school in Queens, New York. Lindsey Nicholson/UCG/Universal Images Group via Getty Images hide caption

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A PEN America report found that the number of books permanently removed from U.S. school libraries and classrooms has quadrupled — to 1,263 books in the last school year from 333 the year before. Harkim Wright Sr./AP hide caption

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