Banned Books Week: Top 10 Challenged Books of 2020

Fight for your right to read!

This week is Banned Books Week, a week-long annual celebration that celebrates the freedom to read. Everyday, books are challenged and banned for their content, just because there is a chance that it might offend someone. So that is why the book community -librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and book lovers alike-come together to celebrate and value of free and open access to information. Everyone has the right to seek and express new ideas, even it turns out to be unpopular to some people.

So, here are the top challenged 10 books of 2020. Make sure to read these books in defiance:

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Lambda Literary Awards 2021: Children and YA Winners

My friend and fellow librarian extraordinaire, Whitney Davidson-Rhodes had the opportunity to be on the judging panel for the 2021 Lambda Literary Award season. Lambda Literary Award gives recognition and promotion to LGBTQ books and authors and every year they award the best of the best. To see the full list of the 2021 winners, check them out here.

But for this post I asked Whitney, out of all the books she read, to list her favorite ones. And no surprise, these are also my personal favorites. So let’s get the book recommendations going:

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Books to Get Out of the UK and Ireland: April Edition

Are you looking for your next great read? Why not try out the books from across the pond? Despite from what governments say, books are essential and are needed now, more than ever. So if you are need of a variety and want to read diverse stories, then I suggest you try out some British and Irish titles!

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Fiery and Fierce: Strong Females in YA

Are you looking for fiery and fierce female characters to read to close out Women’s History Month? I am always on the look out for books that contain strong and powerful female characters that readers can identify with and be inspired. And lately I have read stories, mostly in the YA sphere, that has made me feel empowered and I hope when you read them, you will feel the same! So close out this month with a bang, and read these amazing young characters that will make you stand up and roar:

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Books to Get Out of the UK and Ireland: March Edition

Are you looking for your next great read? Why not try out the books from across the pond? Despite from what governments say, books are essential and are needed now, more than ever. So if you are need of a variety and want to read diverse stories, then I suggest you try out some British and Irish titles!

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