Banned Books Week 2020

September 30, 2020

Each year, libraries across the U.S. celebrate the freedom to read and remind you that censorship creates barriers to access information. Every year books, films and more are challenged (attempted to remove or restrict) or banned (removed based on content) in public libraries, school libraries, schools, etc. Learn more with the American Library Association Intellectual Freedom and Censorship Q&A

Would you be surprised to hear that you are probably familiar with several of the top challenged books of recent years. Have you heard of the Harry Potter series? How about the Handmaid’s Tale? Celebrate your freedom to read by checking out these and other challenged books from our library or your local library: Top 100 Most Banned and Challenged Books of the last decade (2010-2019)

ALA Top Ten Banned Books List

List of titles/authors – most are available at the library:

  1. George by Alex Gino
  2. Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin
  3. A Day in the Life of Marlin Bundo by Jill Twiss, illustrated by E G Keller
  4. Sex is a Funny Word: a Book About Bodies, Feelings, and YOU by Cory SIlverberg, illustrated by Fiona Smith
  5. Prince & Knight by Daniel Haack, illustrated by Stevie Lewis Use interlibrary loan or a local library
  6. I am Jazz! by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas
  7. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood E-Book
  8. Drama by Raina Telgemeier E-Book
  9. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  10. And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson, illustrated by Henry Cole