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The Texas Tribune-ProPublica Investigative Unit

Book bans in Texas spread as new state law takes effect

As Texas enters its third straight school year of coordinated book banning activity, a growing number of districts are targeting library books. Caught in the dragnet: books featuring a “naked” crayon and one with a cartoon butt.

By Jeremy Schwartz, The Texas Tribune and ProPublica
A reflection of an American flag is visible as a Little Free Library, which was designed to look like a prison, invites residents to take books that the library says have been challenged by schools across the state of Texas, in Houston, Texas, U.S. May 3, 2023.   REUTERS/Callaghan O'Hare - RC25R0AT2JN3

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