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Banned Books Week

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Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. It brings together the entire book community—librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types—in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

Top 10 Most Challenged Books 2021

  • Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out

    Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out

    Kuklin, Susan,
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

    The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

    Alexie, Sherman, 1966-
  • All Boys Aren't Blue

    All Boys Aren't Blue

    Johnson, George
  • Gender Queer: A Memoir

    Gender Queer: A Memoir

    Kobabe, Maia
  • Lawn Boy

    Lawn Boy

    Evison, Jonathan
  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

    Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

    Andrews, Jesse
  • Out of Darkness

    Out of Darkness

    Pérez, Ashley Hope
  • The Bluest Eye

    The Bluest Eye

    Morrison, Toni
  • The Hate U Give

    The Hate U Give

    Thomas, Angie

    16-year-old Starr Carter lives a double life—as one of the only African American students at her elite prep school and as a resident of G

  • This Book is Gay

    This Book is Gay

    Dawson, Juno

20 Banned & Challenged Classics

  • Lolita

    Lolita

    Nabokov, Vladimir Vladimirovich
  • The Great Gatsby

    The Great Gatsby

    Fitzgerald, F. Scott (Francis Scott), 1896-1940.
  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    To Kill a Mockingbird

    Lee, Harper.
  • 1984

    1984

    Orwell, George, 1903-1950.
  • A Clockwork Orange

    A Clockwork Orange

    Burgess, Anthony, 1917-1993.
  • A Farewell to Arms

    A Farewell to Arms

    Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961.
  • As I Lay Dying

    As I Lay Dying

    Faulkner, William, 1897-1962.
  • Beloved

    Beloved

    Morrison, Toni.
  • Brave New World

    Brave New World

    Huxley, Aldous, 1894-1963.
  • Catch-22

    Catch-22

    Heller, Joseph.
  • Gone With the Wind

    Gone With the Wind

    Mitchell, Margaret, 1900-1949.
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    Kesey, Ken.
  • The Call of the Wild

    The Call of the Wild

    London, Jack, 1876-1916.
  • The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye

    Salinger, J. D. (Jerome David), 1919-2010.
  • The Color Purple

    The Color Purple

    Walker, Alice, 1944-
  • The Grapes of Wrath

    The Grapes of Wrath

    Steinbeck, John, 1902-1968.
  • The Lord of the Flies

    The Lord of the Flies

    Golding, William, 1911-1993.
  • The Lord of the Rings

    The Lord of the Rings

    Tolkien, J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel), 1892-1973.
  • Tropic of Cancer

    Tropic of Cancer

    Miller, Henry, 1891-1980.
  • Ulysses

    Ulysses

    Joyce, James

    2022 marked the 100th anniversary of the publication of this novel by James Joyce.

15 Banned & Challenged Graphic Novels

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