Banned Books to Read During Banned Books Week

The last week in September marks Banned Books Week, a week long even that celebrated the freedom to read whatever you want, created by the American Library Association (ALA). It takes the time to highlight historic occasions at attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. Take a look at the 10 most banned/challenged books of 2019.

Celebrate your right to read by reading a banned/challenged book! If you are scratching your head at knowing where to start, you can check out the compile list, created by the ALA or choose these recommended books you find below:

Malala: My Story of Standing Up for Girls’ Rights

by Malala Yousafzai and adapted by Sarah J Robbins 

Reason for ban/challenged: Depicting Violence

Black Widow: The Name of the Rose

by Marjorie Liu and Daniel Acuña

Reason for ban/challenge: Nudity, Sexually explicit and Violence

Chocolate Me!

by Taye Diggs and illustrated by Shane W. Evans

Reason for ban/challenge: Rascism

This Book is Gay

by James Dawson (now Juno Dawson)

Reason for ban/challenge: Several Wasilla, Alaskan residents attacked the book at a city council meeting saying that “they didn’t want ‘gay books’ or books about gay people in the library at all.”

The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq

by Jeanette Winter

Reason for ban/challenge: Challenged in the Duval County, Fla. public schools (2015) because a coalition of parents believes the book is inappropriate for promoting another religion that is not Christianity and is too violent for young children.

This One Summer

by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki

Reason for ban/challenge: A parent
about the graphic novel’s language.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

by Rebecca Skloot 

Reason for ban/challenge: Challenged as a summer reading
assignment in the Knoxville, Tenn. high school system (2015) because a parent claimed the nonfiction book “has too much graphic information.”

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

by Alison Bechdel

Reason for ban/challenge: The novel’s “depictions of lesbian sexuality, arguing that the book
is borderline pornographic and they
shouldn’t have been asked to read it.”

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