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Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read

Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2021

2021 #1 Most Challenged Book - Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe

2021 #1 Most Challenged Book - Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe

2021 #2 Most Challenged Book - Lawn Boy by Jonathan Evison

2021 #2 Most Challenged Book - Lawn Boy by Jonathan Evison

2021 #3 Most Challenged Book - All Boys Aren't Blue by George M. Johnson

2021 #3 Most Challenged Book - All Boys Aren't Blue by George M. Johnson

2021 #4 Most Challenged Book - Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez

2021 #4 Most Challenged Book - Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez

2021 #5 Most Challenged Book - The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

2021 #5 Most Challenged Book - The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

2021 #6 Most Challenged Book - The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

2021 #6 Most Challenged Book - The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

2021 #7 Most Challenged Book - Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

2021 #7 Most Challenged Book - Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

2021 #8 Most Challenged Book - The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

2021 #8 Most Challenged Book - The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

2021 #9 Most Challenged Book - This Book is Gay by Juno Dawson

2021 #9 Most Challenged Book - This Book is Gay by Juno Dawson

2021 #10 Most Challenged Book - Beyond Magenta by Susan Kuklin

2021 #10 Most Challenged Book - Beyond Magenta by Susan Kuklin

The American Library Association's Top 10 Most Challenged Books

Books have been challenged or banned through the ages for a variety of reasons including sexual content, religious content, and political content. See the American Library Association, list of the 10 most challenged Books each yearCelebrate your freedom to read - check out a banned or challenged book today!

What is Banned Books Week?

"Banned Books Week 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."-  from the American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom."

Banned books map

Use the map to find out where book challenges have taken place across the country.