Missouri Is #1 In School Censorship – What Are Legislators So Afraid Of?

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In August of last year, Missouri’s first statewide law instituting book bans went into effect. Since then, Missouri has instituted even stricter laws censoring libraries and schools, banned more than 300 books, and become number one in America for school censorship.

We reviewed a list of all the books Missouri school districts and libraries have banned since last year to figure out what Missouri lawmakers are so scared of. Here’s what we found:

Superheroes And Other Comics

Some Missouri schools have banned graphic novels featuring superheroes like Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again, Fantastic Four, and X-Men: Age of X. Anthologies of comics like Why Comics?: From Underground to Everywhere and 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die have also been banned. Comics are apparently far too serious for Missouri kids to handle.


School districts around Missouri gained national attention for banning Maus, the award-winning collection of graphic novels about the Holocaust. Similar books about the Holocaust, like Holocaust Rescue and Liberation and Holocaust Resistance have also been banned.

Schools have also banned Annie Leibovitz At Work, which features photos of major historic events, like President Nixon’s resignation, Bosnia’s fight for independence, and President Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.


Missouri’s book bans have gotten such terrifying titles as 50 Artists You Should Know, 50 Paintings You Should Know, and 50 Sculptures You Should Know.

Kids in Missouri shouldn’t just avoid looking at art, but also making it: schools have banned titles like Complete Guide to Drawing and Painting.

Renowned Classics About Overzealous Oppressive Governments Like 1984 and The Handmaid’s Tale

Missouri’s book bans included graphic novel depictions of George Orwell’s dystopian classic 1984 – where the government controls ideas and speech – as well as Margaret Atwood’s acclaimed The Handmaid’s Tale.

But seriously… is this an SNL skit or is this real life? Do legislators not see the irony?