Banned Books Week

The Satanic Verses: A Novel By Salman Rushdie Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780812976717
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - March 11th, 2008

Banned and challenged due to accusations of blasphemy for its reference to the Quranic Satanic Verses.


Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History (Pantheon Graphic Library) By Art Spiegelman Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780394747231
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Published: Pantheon - August 12th, 1986

In January 2022, the school board of McMinn County, Tennessee voted to remove this graphic novel about the Holocaust from its curriculum due to "...profanity and nudity and its depiction of violence and suicide.”


Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out By Susan Kuklin Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780763673680
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Published: Candlewick - March 10th, 2015

Banned and challenged for LGBTQIA+ content and because it was considered to be sexually explicit.


Gender Queer: A Memoir By Maia Kobabe Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781549304002
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Published: Oni Press - May 28th, 2019

Banned, challeneged, and restricted for LGBTQIA+ content and because it was considered to have sexually explicit images.


Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?: 50th Anniversary Edition (Brown Bear and Friends) By Bill Martin, Jr., Eric Carle (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Bill Martin, Jr., Eric Carle (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780805047905
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - September 15th, 1996

In January 2010 the Texas Board of Education banned this book because author Bill Martin, Jr. happened to have the same name as a Marxist theorist. 


Lawn Boy By Jonathan Evison Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781616209230
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Published: Algonquin Books - March 19th, 2019

Banned and challenged for LGBTQIA+ content and because it was considered to be sexually explicit.


All Boys Aren't Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto By George M. Johnson Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780374312718
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - April 28th, 2020

Banned and challenged for LGBTQIA+ content, profanity, and because it was considered to be sexually explicit.


To Kill a Mockingbird By Harper Lee Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060935467
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - July 5th, 2005

Challenged for profanity, racial slurs, and adult themes.


Out of Darkness, Shining Light: A Novel By Petina Gappah Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781982110345
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Published: Scribner - July 6th, 2021

Banned, challenged, and restricted for depictions of abuse and because it was considered to be sexually explicit.


The Hate U Give By Angie Thomas, Amandla Stenberg (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Angie Thomas, Amandla Stenberg (Foreword by)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062498540
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 3rd, 2022

Banned and challenged for profanity, violence, and it was thought to promote an anti-police message and indoctrination of a social agenda.


Twelfth Night (Folger Shakespeare Library) By William Shakespeare, Dr. Barbara A. Mowat (Editor), Paul Werstine, Ph.D. (Editor) Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780743482776
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 1st, 2004

Banned from the curriculum of Merrimack, New Hampshire in 1995 due to "encouraging or supporting of homosexuality as a positive lifestyle alternative.”


The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian By Sherman Alexie Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316013697
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 1st, 2009

Banned and challenged for profanity, sexual references, and use of a derogatory term.


Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Revised Edition) By Jesse Andrews Cover Image
$9.95
ISBN: 9781419719608
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Published: Amulet Books - April 21st, 2015

Banned and challenged because it was considered sexually explicit and degrading to women.


The Bluest Eye (Vintage International) By Toni Morrison Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780307278449
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Published: Vintage - May 8th, 2007

Banned and challenged because it depicts child sexual abuse and was considered sexually explicit. 


This Book Is Gay By Juno Dawson, David Levithan (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Juno Dawson, David Levithan (Introduction by)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781728254326
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Published: Sourcebooks Fire - September 7th, 2021

Banned, challenged, relocated, and restricted for providing sexual education and LGBTQIA+ content.


The Catcher in the Rye By J. D. Salinger Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316769174
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Published: Back Bay Books - January 30th, 2001

Banned and challenged numerous times since its publication for profanity, sexual situations, and alcohol abuse.


The Grapes of Wrath By John Steinbeck, Robert DeMott (Introduction by), Robert DeMott (Notes by) Cover Image
By John Steinbeck, Robert DeMott (Introduction by), Robert DeMott (Notes by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143039433
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Published: Penguin Classics - March 28th, 2006

Burned (by the East St. Louis, IL Public Library in 1939), banned and challenged for profanity, sexual references, and negatively portraying a former minister.


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone By J. K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré (Illustrator) Cover Image
By J. K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré (Illustrator)
$10.99
ISBN: 9780590353427
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - October 1st, 1999

Banned and challenged for depictions of magic and sorcery.


The Giver (Giver Quartet #1) By Lois Lowry Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780544336261
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Published: Clarion Books - July 1st, 2014

Banned and challenged for violence, drug use and sexually explicit content. 


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
By Anne Frank, Otto M. Frank (Editor), Mirjam Pressler (Editor), Susan Massotty (Translated by)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780553577129
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Published: Bantam - February 3rd, 1997

Banned and challenged for sexually explicit passages, and for being a "real downer" according to the Alabama State Textbook Committee in 1983.


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Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning By Jason Reynolds, Ibram X. Kendi Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316453691
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 10th, 2020

Banned, challenged, and/or restricted "because of author’s public statements, and because of claims that the book contains 'selective storytelling incidents' and does not encompass racism against all people."