Banned Books

The American Library Association, the American Booksellers Association, and the American Booksellers for Free Expression support free expression and the freedom to read by celebrating Banned Books Week every September. September 24-30, please visit Bookworks for special displays and freebies for Banned Book Weeks.

Find more information at the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) website at http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks or by reading the Banned Books 2016 document attached below.

ALA OIF receives reports from libraries, schools, and the media on attempts to ban books in communities across the country. We compile lists of challenged books in order to inform the public about censorship efforts that affect libraries and schools.

About banning:

Children’s Books: A common reason given for challenging a book is “unsuited/inappropriate for age group.” Authors such as Alvin Schwartz, Mildred D. Taylor and Roald Dahl are listed more than once on this list of 130 frequently challenged children’s books.

Young Adult Books: This list includes books written for YA audiences and those featuring a YA main character.

Classics: At least 46 of the Radcliffe Publishing Course Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century have been the targets of ban attempts.

Books with Diverse Content: OIF found that out of the 2015 Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books, nine of them contained diverse content. The 86 books on this list include content by or about people of color, LGBT people and/or people with disabilities.

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781481409940
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - April 29th, 2014

James and the Giant Peach Cover Image
By Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780142410363
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Puffin Books - August 16th, 2007

The Adventures of Captain Underpants Cover Image
$5.99
ISBN: 9780590846288
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little Apple - September 1997

Dragonwings Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780064400855
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Published: HarperTrophy - January 23rd, 2001

Bone: The Complete Cartoon Epic in One Volume Cover Image
By Jeff Smith (Illustrator)
$39.95
ISBN: 9781888963144
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Published: Cartoon Books - November 2010

Bridge to Terabithia Cover Image
By Katherine Paterson, Donna Diamond (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780064401845
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Published: HarperTrophy - May 2nd, 2017

A Wrinkle in Time Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780312367541
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Published: Square Fish - May 1st, 2007

Hop on Pop Cover Image
By Seuss
$9.99
ISBN: 9780394800295
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Published: Random House Children's Books - February 12th, 1963

Bless Me, Ultima Cover Image
$8.00
ISBN: 9780446600255
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Published: Warner Books (NY) - April 1st, 1994

In the Time of the Butterflies Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781565129764
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill - January 2010

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Cover Image
By Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey (Foreword by)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780345514400
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Published: Ballantine Books - April 21st, 2009

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316013697
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Young Readers - April 1st, 2009

Ender's Game Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780765378484
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Published: Tor Books - March 4th, 2014

The Fault in Our Stars Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780142424179
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Speak - April 8th, 2014

The Outsiders Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780140385724
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Published: Puffin Books - September 1988

Their Eyes Were Watching God Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780061120060
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Published: HarperCollins Publishers - May 30th, 2006

Flowers for Algernon Cover Image
$8.95
ISBN: 9780156030083
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Published: Harvest Books - June 14th, 2004

Beloved Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781400033416
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Published: Vintage - June 8th, 2004

The Color Purple Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780156028356
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Published: Harvest Books - May 12th, 2003

1984 Cover Image
By George Orwell, Erich Fromm (Afterword by)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780451524935
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Published: Signet Book -

Brave New World and Brave New World Revisited Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060776091
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Published: Harper Perennial - July 5th, 2005