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Banned Books Week

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What is your favorite book? Chances are good that someone has tried to challenge it or have it banned at some point. Celebrate your freedom to read and “Stand With the Banned” by reading a banned book during Banned Books Week.

Banned Books Week, which runs from September 27 until October 3 this year, highlights the value of free and open access to information and the freedom to seek and express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

In 2019, the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom tracked 377 challenges to library, school and university materials and services. A total of 566 books were targeted, and here are the top 10 most challenged books of the year.

Top 10 Challenged Books of 2019:

  1. George, by Alex Gino
  2. Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out, by Susan Kuklin
  3. A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo, by Jill Twiss, illustrated by EG Keller
  4. Sex is a Funny Word, by Cory Silverberg, illustrated by Fiona Smith
  5. Prince & Knight, by Daniel Haack, illustrated by Stevie Lewis
  6. I Am Jazz, by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, illustrated by Shelag McNicholas
  7. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
  8. Drama, written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier
  9. Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling
  10. And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson, illustrated by Henry Cole

Learn more about Banned Books Week, including its nearly 40-year history, here or check out a list of the top 10 challenged books of every year in the last decade here.


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