Celebrate the freedom to read!

Think that banning books is only something that happens in dystopian novels, other countries or our collective past?  It may be hard to believe, but in 2018, there were 347 challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries around the country reported to the American Library Association's Office of Intellectual Freedom.  

We hope you'll stop in and see our Banned Books Week window display, featuring some books you might never have guessed would appear there. Mostly, we hope you will continue to join us in working to protect our freedom to read, not just this week, but all year round!

 Here is a list of the top 11 most challenged books in 2019: 

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Saturday, September 22, 2012 - 9:00am to Monday, October 29, 2012 - 9:00pm
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George (Scholastic Gold) Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780545812573
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Inc. - April 25th, 2017

Banned, challenged, and relocated because it was believed to encourage children to clear browser history and changer their bodies using hormones, and for mentioning "dirty magazines," describing male anatomy, "creating confusion," and including a transgender character.


Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo (Better Bundo Book, LGBT Children’s Book) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781452173801
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Chronicle Books - March 18th, 2018

Banned and challenged for including LGBTQIA+ content, and for political and religious view points.


The "Captain Underpants" series was challenged because it was perceived as encouraging disruptive behavior, while "Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot" was challenged for including a same-sex couple.


The Hate U Give Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062498533
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Balzer + Bray - February 28th, 2017

Banned and challenged because it was deemed "anti-cop," and for profanity, drug use, and sexual references.


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

Banned and challenged for sexual references, profanity, violence, gambling, and underage drinking, and for its religious viewpoint.


Thirteen Reasons Why Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781595141880
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Razorbill - June 14th, 2011

Banned, challenged, and restricted for addressing teen suicide.


Drama Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780545326988
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Graphix - September 2012

Banned and challenged for including LGBTQIA+ characters and themes


This One Summer Cover Image
By Jillian Tamaki (Illustrator), Mariko Tamaki
$18.99
ISBN: 9781596437746
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: First Second - May 6th, 2014

Banned and challenged for profanity, sexual references, and certain illustrations.


Skippyjon Jones Cover Image
By Judy Schachner, Judy Schachner (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780142404034
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Puffin Books - April 7th, 2005

Challenged for depicting stereotypes of Mexican culture.


This Day in June Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781433816598
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Magination Press - June 30th, 2014

Challenged and burned for including LGBTQIA+ content


Two Boys Kissing Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780307931917
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ember - May 12th, 2015

Challenged, burned, and hidden for including LGBTQIA+ content.


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