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Banned & Challenged Books

Each year, the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom records hundreds of attempts by individuals and groups to have books removed from libraries shelves and from classrooms.  The frequency of these assaults on your freedom to read are rapidly increasing.  The ALA reports reports challenges have "a focus on books that address the voices and lived experiences of Black, Indigenous, and people of color and LGBTQIA+ individuals."

These titles are books that have been banned or challenged.

If you have information about bans or challenges in schools or libraries, please contact the Office for Intellectual Freedom. 

Gender Queer: A Memoir By Maia Kobabe Cover Image
This Book Is Gay By Juno Dawson, David Levithan (Introduction by) Cover Image
Flamer By Mike Curato, Mike Curato (Illustrator) Cover Image
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The Bluest Eye (Vintage International) By Toni Morrison Cover Image
Hey, Kiddo: A Graphic Novel By Jarrett J. Krosoczka Cover Image
What Are Your Words?: A Book About Pronouns By Katherine Locke, Anne Passchier (Illustrator) Cover Image
New Kid: A Newbery Award Winner By Jerry Craft, Jerry Craft (Illustrator) Cover Image
The Complete Maus: A Survivor's Tale (Pantheon Graphic Library) By Art Spiegelman Cover Image
Lawn Boy By Jonathan Evison Cover Image
Out of Darkness By Ashley Hope Pérez Cover Image
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Revised Edition) By Jesse Andrews Cover Image
Melissa (previously published as GEORGE) By Alex Gino Cover Image
Beyond Magenta: Transgender and Nonbinary Teens Speak Out By Susan Kuklin Cover Image
The Hate U Give: A Printz Honor Winner By Angie Thomas, Amandla Stenberg (Foreword by) Cover Image
Beloved: Pulitzer Prize Winner (Vintage International) By Toni Morrison Cover Image
Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes By Tony Kushner Cover Image
The Autobiography of Malcolm X By MALCOLM X, Alex Haley (With) Cover Image
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Animal Farm: 75th Anniversary Edition By George Orwell, Russell Baker (Preface by), Tea Obreht (Introduction by) Cover Image
Brave New World By Aldous Huxley Cover Image
Bridge to Terabithia Movie Tie-in Edition By Katherine Paterson, Donna Diamond (Illustrator) Cover Image
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The Catcher in the Rye By J. D. Salinger Cover Image
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Vintage Contemporaries) By Mark Haddon Cover Image
The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition By Anne Frank, Otto M. Frank (Editor), Mirjam Pressler (Editor), Susan Massotty (Translated by) Cover Image
Drama: A Graphic Novel By Raina Telgemeier, Raina Telgemeier (Illustrator) Cover Image
Fahrenheit 451: A Novel By Ray Bradbury Cover Image
The Glass Castle: A Memoir By Jeannette Walls Cover Image
Go Tell It on the Mountain (Vintage International) By James Baldwin Cover Image
The God of Small Things: A Novel By Arundhati Roy Cover Image
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The Handmaid's Tale: A Novel By Margaret Atwood Cover Image
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, Book 1) By J. K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré (Illustrator) Cover Image
How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents By Julia Alvarez Cover Image
The Hunger Games (Hunger Games, Book One) By Suzanne Collins Cover Image
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings By Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey (Foreword by) Cover Image
Invisible Man (Vintage International) By Ralph Ellison Cover Image
The Kite Runner By Khaled Hosseini Cover Image
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents: A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo (HBO) By Chronicle Books, Marlon Bundo, Jill Twiss (Illustrator) Cover Image
Looking for Alaska By John Green Cover Image
Maniac Magee (Newbery Medal Winner) By Jerry Spinelli Cover Image
My Sister's Keeper: A Novel By Jodi Picoult Cover Image
Of Mice and Men By John Steinbeck Cover Image
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (Pantheon Graphic Library) By Marjane Satrapi Cover Image
Prince & Knight By Daniel Haack, Stevie Lewis (Illustrator) Cover Image
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (Puffin Modern Classics) By Mildred D. Taylor Cover Image
A Separate Peace By John Knowles Cover Image
Slaughterhouse-Five: A Novel (Modern Library 100 Best Novels) By Kurt Vonnegut Cover Image
To Kill a Mockingbird By Harper Lee Cover Image
My Shadow Is Pink By Scott Stuart Cover Image
A Wrinkle in Time: (Newbery Medal Winner) (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet #1) By Madeleine L'Engle Cover Image