Banned Books 2022 – What My Mother Doesn’t Know

Marshall University does not ban books! The information is provided to let people know what has been banned/challenged elsewhere.


At the Bedford County (VA) Public Schools, Moms for Liberty challenged The Bluest Eye along with Beloved, also by Toni Morrison, plus The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, #MurderTrending by Gretchen McNeil, Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan, All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson, What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones, Rick by Alex Gino, Freakboy by Kristin Elizabeth Clark, Love Drugged by James Klise, and Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kristin Cronn-Mills. The group said it objected to graphic depictions of sexual acts, violence, substance use, and LGBTQIA+ representation. Board members cited policy, which limited challenges to one book at a time. BCPS administrators and book review committees made the decision not to remove any of the challenged titles from school libraries.


Banned or challenged for nudity, offensive language, and being sexually explicit.


Challenged for sexism, sexually explicit scenes and being unsuited for age group.


Available only to 7th and 8th graders at the Spring Hill (WI) School library after a parent wanted the book, which deals with masturbation, groping, and sexual fantasy, among other themes, to be removed from the library and the accelerated reading program.


Challenged for sexual content and being unsuited to age group.


Challenged at the Bonnette Junior High School in Deer Park (TX) for foul language and references to masturbation.


Removed from the library shelves of the Rosedale Union School District in Bakersfield (CA) because of discomfort with Sones’ poem Ice Capades – a teenage girl’s description of how her breasts react to cold.

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A Banned book has been removed from a library, classroom, etc.
A Challenged book has been requested to be removed from a library, classroom, etc.

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Last updated

June 22, 2023