Banned Books Week (September 27 - October 3, 2020) 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.

The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted for removal or restriction in libraries and schools. 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.

*Descriptions from ala.org's Banned and Challenged Books

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Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2019

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1. George
Alex Gino

Reasons: challenged, banned, restricted, and hidden to avoid controversy; for LGBTQIA+ content and a transgender character; because schools and libraries should not “put books in a child’s hand that require discussion”; for sexual references; and for conflicting with a religious viewpoint and “traditional family structure”
ISBN: 0545812577
Price: $7.99 (Paperback)

2. Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out
Susan Kuklin

Reasons: challenged for LGBTQIA+ content, for “its effect on any young people who would read it,” and for concerns that it was sexually explicit and biased
ISBN: 0763673684
Price: $12.99 (Paperback)

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3. A Day In the Life of Marlon Bundo
Jill Twiss

Reasons: Challenged and vandalized for LGBTQIA+ content and political viewpoints, for concerns that it is “designed to pollute the morals of its readers,” and for not including a content warning
ISBN: 145217380X
Price: $18.99 (Hardcover)

4. Sex Is a Funny Word
Cory Silverberg

Reasons: Challenged, banned, and relocated for LGBTQIA+ content; for discussing gender identity and sex education; and for concerns that the title and illustrations were “inappropriate”
ISBN: 1609806069
Price: $23.95 (Hardcover)

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5. Prince & Knight
Daniel Haack

Reasons: Challenged and restricted for featuring a gay marriage and LGBTQIA+ content; for being “a deliberate attempt to indoctrinate young children” with the potential to cause confusion, curiosity, and gender dysphoria; and for conflicting with a religious viewpoint
ISBN: 9781499805529
Price: $17.99 (Hardcover)

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6. I Am Jazz
Jessica Herthel, Jazz Jennings

Reasons: Challenged and relocated for LGBTQIA+ content, for a transgender character, and for confronting a topic that is “sensitive, controversial, and politically charged”
ISBN: 9780803741072
Price: $17.99 (Hardcover)

7. The Handmaid's Tale
Margaret Atwood

Reasons: Challenged, banned, and relocated for LGBTQIA+ content; for discussing gender identity and sex education; and for concerns that the title and illustrations were “inappropriate”
Price (Paperback): $15.95
Price (Graphic Novel): $22.95

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8. Drama
Raina Telgemeier

Reasons: Challenged for LGBTQIA+ content and for concerns that it goes against “family values/morals”
ISBN: 0545326990
Price: $10.99 (Paperback)

9. Harry Potter Series
J.K. Rowling

Reasons: Banned and forbidden from discussion for referring to magic and witchcraft, for containing actual curses and spells, and for characters that use “nefarious means” to attain goals
(Paperback, Hardcover, and Illustrated editions available; new and used)

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10. And Tango Makes Three
Justin Richardson

Reasons: Challenged and relocated for LGBTQIA+ content
ISBN: 1481446959
Price: $7.99 (Board Book)

Our Favorite Banned Books

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Fahrenheit 451
Ray Bradbury

ISBN: 1451673310
Price: $17.00 (Paperback)

The Glass Castle: A Memoir
Jeanette Walls

ISBN: 074324754X
Price: $17.00 (Paperback)

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The Other Wes Moore
Wes Moore

ISBN: 9780385528207
Price: $16.00 (Paperback)

The Other Wes Moore
Wes Moore

ISBN: 0385528205
Price: $17.00 (Paperback)

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Slaughterhouse-Five: Or the Children's Crusade, a Duty-Dance with Death
Kurt Vonnegut

Price (Mass Market Paperback): $7.99
Price (Trade Paperback): $17.99

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
Marjane Satrapi

ISBN: 037571457X
Price: $15.95 (Paperback)

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Maya Angelou

ISBN: 0345514408
Price (Mass Market Paperback): $7.99
Price (Hardcover): $24.00