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Banned or Challenged Books

BANNED OR CHALLENGED BOOKS

The American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) tracks attempts to ban or restrict access to books across the United States and to inform the public about censorship efforts in our libraries and schools.

In 2022, OIF documented 1,269 demands to censor library books and resources, the highest number of attempted book bans since ALA began compiling data about censorship in libraries more than 20 years ago. The unparalleled number of reported book challenges in 2022 nearly doubles the 729 book challenges reported in 2021. Censors targeted a record 2,571 unique titles in 2022, a 38% increase from the 1,858 unique titles targeted for censorship in 2021. Of those titles, the vast majority were written by or about members of the LGBTQIA+ community or by and about Black people, Indigenous people, and people of color. Please also visit Mahogany Books' page for resources about banned books by Black authors.

A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials.

Banned Books Week (October 1-7, 2023) 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.

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Gender Queer: A Memoir

Gender Queer: A Memoir Maia Kobabe
9781549304002
$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
9781250895561
$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
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This Book Is Gay

This Book Is Gay Juno Dawson, David Levithan
9781728254326
$12.99
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And Tango Makes Three

And Tango Makes Three Justin Richardson, Peter Parnell, Henry Cole
9780689878459
$18.99
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The Complete Maus: A Survivor's Tale (Pantheon Graphic Library)

The Complete Maus: A Survivor's Tale (Pantheon Graphic Library) Art Spiegelman
9780679406419
$35.00
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You Should See Me in a Crown

You Should See Me in a Crown Leah Johnson
9781338503296
$10.99
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New Kid: A Newbery Award Winner

New Kid: A Newbery Award Winner Jerry Craft, Jerry Craft
9780062691194
$12.99
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Lawn Boy

Lawn Boy Jonathan Evison
9781616209230
$17.99
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Fahrenheit 451: A Novel

Fahrenheit 451: A Novel Ray Bradbury
9781451673319
$17.00
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The Bluest Eye (Vintage International)

The Bluest Eye (Vintage International) Toni Morrison
9780307278449
$16.00
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The Hate U Give: A Printz Honor Winner

The Hate U Give: A Printz Honor Winner Angie Thomas, Amandla Stenberg
9780062498540
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Prince & Knight

Prince & Knight Daniel Haack, Stevie Lewis
9781499805529
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To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
9780060935467
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Flamer

Flamer Mike Curato, Mike Curato
9781250756145
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Melissa (previously published as GEORGE)

Melissa (previously published as GEORGE) Alex Gino
9781338843415
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Drama: A Graphic Novel

Drama: A Graphic Novel Raina Telgemeier, Raina Telgemeier
9781338801897
$12.99
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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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Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (Pantheon Graphic Library)

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (Pantheon Graphic Library) Marjane Satrapi
9780375714573
$16.00
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Looking for Alaska

Looking for Alaska John Green
9780142402511
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This One Summer

This One Summer Jillian Tamaki, Mariko Tamaki
9781596437746
$18.99
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Anne Frank's Tales from the Secret Annex: A Collection of Her Short Stories, Fables, and Lesser-Known Writings, Revised Edition

Anne Frank's Tales from the Secret Annex: A Collection of Her Short Stories, Fables, and Lesser-Known Writings, Revised Edition Anne Frank
9780553586381
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Ghost Boys

Ghost Boys Jewell Parker Rhodes
9780316262262
$8.99
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The Poet X

The Poet X Elizabeth Acevedo
9780062662811
$15.99
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey
9780812980028
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Beyond Magenta: Transgender and Nonbinary Teens Speak Out

Beyond Magenta: Transgender and Nonbinary Teens Speak Out Susan Kuklin
9780763673680
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A Good Kind of Trouble

A Good Kind of Trouble Lisa Moore Ramée
9780062836694
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The Glass Castle: A Memoir

The Glass Castle: A Memoir Jeannette Walls
9780743247542
$18.99
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The Handmaid's Tale: A Novel

The Handmaid's Tale: A Novel Margaret Atwood
9780385490818
$17.00
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Brown Girl Dreaming

Brown Girl Dreaming Jacqueline Woodson
9780147515827
$10.99
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All American Boys

All American Boys Jason Reynolds, Brendan Kiely
9781481463348
$12.99
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Dear Martin

Dear Martin Nic Stone
9781101939529
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The Things They Carried

The Things They Carried Tim O'Brien
9780618706419
$18.99
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Speak: (National Book Award Finalist)

Speak: (National Book Award Finalist) Laurie Halse Anderson
9780312674397
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Two Boys Kissing

Two Boys Kissing David Levithan
9780307931917
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Between the World and Me

Between the World and Me Ta-Nehisi Coates
9780812993547
$26.00
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American Street

American Street Ibi Zoboi
9780062473059
$15.99
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The Color Purple: A Novel

The Color Purple: A Novel Alice Walker
9780143135692
$18.00
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1984: 75th Anniversary

1984: 75th Anniversary George Orwell, Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Sandra Newman
9780451524935
$9.99
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Heather Has Two Mommies

Heather Has Two Mommies Leslea Newman, Laura Cornell
9780763690427
$8.99
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What Are Your Words?: A Book About Pronouns

What Are Your Words?: A Book About Pronouns Katherine Locke, Anne Passchier
9780316542067
$17.99
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Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic Alison Bechdel
9780618871711
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In the Time of the Butterflies

In the Time of the Butterflies Julia Alvarez
9781565129764
$18.99
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The Hunger Games (Hunger Games, Book One)

The Hunger Games (Hunger Games, Book One) Suzanne Collins
9780439023528
$14.99
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Monday's Not Coming

Monday's Not Coming Tiffany D. Jackson
9780062422682
$15.99
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Invisible Man (Vintage International)

Invisible Man (Vintage International) Ralph Ellison
9780679732761
$17.00
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The Lorax (Classic Seuss)

The Lorax (Classic Seuss) Dr. Seuss
9780394823379
$16.99
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Woke: A Young Poet's Call to Justice

Woke: A Young Poet's Call to Justice Mahogany L. Browne, Elizabeth Acevedo, Olivia Gatwood, Theodore Taylor, III, Jason Reynolds
9781250311207
$19.99
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Cinderella Is Dead

Cinderella Is Dead Kalynn Bayron
9781547606641
$10.99
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Snapdragon

Snapdragon Kat Leyh
9781250171115
$12.99
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Hurricane Child (Scholastic Gold)

Hurricane Child (Scholastic Gold) Kacen Callender
9781338129311
$8.99
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If I Was Your Girl

If I Was Your Girl Meredith Russo
9781250078414
$11.99
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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
$19.00
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They Both Die at the End (They Both Die at the End Series #1)

They Both Die at the End (They Both Die at the End Series #1) Adam Silvera
9780062457806
$15.99
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Cinderella Is Dead

Cinderella Is Dead Kalynn Bayron
9781547606641
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Obie Is Man Enough

Obie Is Man Enough Schuyler Bailar
9780593379493
$8.99
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The Prince and the Dressmaker

The Prince and the Dressmaker Jen Wang
9781626723634
$17.99
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We Are Water Protectors: (Caldecott Medal Winner)

We Are Water Protectors: (Caldecott Medal Winner) Carole Lindstrom, Michaela Goade
9781250203557
$17.99
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Jasmine Toguchi, Flamingo Keeper

Jasmine Toguchi, Flamingo Keeper Debbi Michiko Florence, Elizabet Vukovic
9780374308377
$7.99
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Snapdragon

Snapdragon Kat Leyh
9781250171115
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Cool for the Summer

Cool for the Summer Dahlia Adler
9781250888471
$12.00
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The Breakaways

The Breakaways Cathy G. Johnson
9781626723573
$14.99
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Starfish

Starfish Lisa Fipps
9781984814524
$8.99
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Reverie

Reverie Ryan La Sala
9781728255835
$11.99
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Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story

Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story Kevin Noble Maillard, Juana Martinez-Neal
9781626727465
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Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me Mariko Tamaki
9781626722590
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It's Okay to Be a Unicorn!

It's Okay to Be a Unicorn! Jason Tharp, Jason Tharp
9781250311320
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