Fiction, Nonfiction, young adult fiction

Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week is an annual celebration of the freedom to read. It highlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools.

What is the difference between a challenge and a banning? 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. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others. Due to the commitment of librarians, teachers, parents, students and other concerned citizens, most challenges are unsuccessful and most materials are retained in the school curriculum or library collection. (American Library Association)

This list includes just some of the titles that have been challenged or banned in schools and libraries across America over the years. Learn more at ala.org/bbooks.

Lawn Boy
by Jonathan Evison

large print book

All Boys Aren’t Blue
by George M. Johnson

book
OverDrive eBook
Hoopla eAudiobook

Out of Darkness
by Ashley Hope Pérez

book
cloudLibrary eAudiobook

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
by Sherman Alexie

book
book on CD
OverDrive eBook
cloudLibrary eAudiobook

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
by Jesse Andrews

book
cloudlibrary eBook
cloudLibrary eAudiobook
Hoopla eBook
Freading eBook

All American Boys
by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

book
cloudLibrary eAudiobook

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
by Mark Haddon

books
book on CD
cloudLibrary eBook
cloudLibrary eAudiobook
Hoopla eAudiobook

This One Summer
by Mariko Tamaki

book

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