Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week - Banned or Challenged Books

Banned Books Week

BANNED OR CHALLENGED BOOKS

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week 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.

It's important to note that challenges and bans on books across the country disproportionally affect books by Black authors, Indigenous authors, and authors of color, as well as books with LGBTQ+ themes.

Banned Books Week 2022 will be held September 18 – 24. The theme of this year’s event is “Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us.”

By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) compiles lists of challenged books as reported in the media and submitted by librarians and teachers across the country. Below are some of the most challenged books across the country from 2021. Learn more at BannedBooksWeek.org!

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Gender Queer: A Memoir Deluxe Edition

Gender Queer: A Memoir Deluxe Edition Maia Kobabe
9781637150726
$24.99
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All Boys Aren't Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto

All Boys Aren't Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto George M. Johnson
9780374312718
$18.99
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The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give Angie Thomas, Amandla Stenberg
9780062498540
$14.99
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Last Night at the Telegraph Club

Last Night at the Telegraph Club Malinda Lo
9780525555278
$11.99
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Flamer

Flamer Mike Curato, Mike Curato
9781250756145
$17.99
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The Poet X

The Poet X Elizabeth Acevedo
9780062662811
$14.99
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Felix Ever After

Felix Ever After Kacen Callender
9780062820266
$11.99
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A Good Kind of Trouble

A Good Kind of Trouble Lisa Moore Ramée
9780062836694
$7.99
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This Book Is Gay

This Book Is Gay Juno Dawson, David Levithan
9781728254326
$12.99
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Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning Jason Reynolds, Ibram X. Kendi
9780316453691
$18.99
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Monday's Not Coming

Monday's Not Coming Tiffany D. Jackson
9780062422682
$12.99
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The Bluest Eye (Vintage International)

The Bluest Eye (Vintage International) Toni Morrison
9780307278449
$16.00
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The Black Flamingo

The Black Flamingo Dean Atta
9780062990303
$10.99
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And Tango Makes Three (Classic Board Books)

And Tango Makes Three (Classic Board Books) Justin Richardson, Peter Parnell, Henry Cole
9781481446952
$8.99
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Symptoms of Being Human

Symptoms of Being Human Jeff Garvin
9780062382870
$11.99
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Drama: A Graphic Novel

Drama: A Graphic Novel Raina Telgemeier, Raina Telgemeier
9781338801897
$12.99
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This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story

This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story Kacen Callender
9780062820235
$10.99
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None of the Above

None of the Above I. W. Gregorio
9780062335326
$11.99
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All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages

All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages Saundra Mitchell, Malinda Lo, Robin Talley
9781335146816
$11.99
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Prince & Knight

Prince & Knight Daniel Haack, Stevie Lewis
9781499805529
$17.99
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The Giver (Giver Quartet #1)

The Giver (Giver Quartet #1) Lois Lowry
9780544336261
$9.99
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Ghost Boys

Ghost Boys Jewell Parker Rhodes
9780316262262
$7.99
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Melissa (previously published as GEORGE)

Melissa (previously published as GEORGE) Alex Gino
9781338843415
$7.99
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All American Boys

All American Boys Jason Reynolds, Brendan Kiely
9781481463348
$12.99
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Two Boys Kissing

Two Boys Kissing David Levithan
9780307931917
$10.99
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We Are the Ants

We Are the Ants Shaun David Hutchinson
9781481449649
$12.99
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This One Summer

This One Summer Jillian Tamaki, Mariko Tamaki
9781596437746
$18.99
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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower Stephen Chbosky
9780671027346
$15.99
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Milk and Honey

Milk and Honey Rupi Kaur
9781449474256
$14.99
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New Kid

New Kid Jerry Craft, Jerry Craft
9780062691194
$12.99
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A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2)

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) Sarah J. Maas
9781635575583
$18.00
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