Banned Books Week 2021


Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Books are still being banned and challenged today. A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials.  

This year's theme is "Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us." Sharing stories important to us means sharing a part of ourselves. Books reach across boundaries and build connections between readers. Censorship, on the other hand, creates barriers. 

While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.

Browse the top 10 banned books of 2021, as well as a selection of the most commonly banned and challenged books from the last decade. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted for removal or restriction in libraries and schools

Purchase a book from this page online or in store between September 26 and October 2, 2021 for a chance to win a Banned Books Gift Set!

George (Scholastic Gold) Cover Image
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - April 25th, 2017

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning Cover Image
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 10th, 2020

All American Boys Cover Image
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - August 29th, 2017

Speak Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312674397
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Published: Square Fish - May 10th, 2011

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

Something Happened in Our Town: A Child's Story about Racial Injustice Cover Image
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Published: Magination Press - March 1st, 2018

To Kill a Mockingbird Cover Image
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - July 5th, 2005

Of Mice and Men Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780140177398
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Published: Penguin Books - September 1st, 1993

The Bluest Eye (Vintage International) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307278449
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Published: Vintage - May 8th, 2007

The Hate U Give Cover Image
By Angie Thomas, Nikki Giovanni (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9780062498533
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 28th, 2017

Holy Bible: King James Version (Kjv) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781622456338
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Published: Zeiset - December 1st, 2020

1984 Cover Image
By George Orwell, Erich Fromm (Afterword by)
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ISBN: 9780451524935
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Published: Signet -

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Cover Image
By Mark Twain, Azar Nafisi (Foreword by), R. Kent Rasmussen (Introduction by), R. Kent Rasmussen (Notes by)
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ISBN: 9780143107323
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Published: Penguin Classics - October 28th, 2014

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Cover Image
By Mark Twain, R. Kent Rasmussen (Introduction by), R. Kent Rasmussen (Notes by)
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Published: Penguin Classics - October 28th, 2014

The Catcher in the Rye Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316769174
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Published: Back Bay Books - January 30th, 2001

The Great Gatsby: The Only Authorized Edition Cover Image
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Published: Scribner - September 30th, 2004

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By William Golding, Lois Lowry (Afterword by), Jennifer Buehler (Contributions by)
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ISBN: 9780399501487
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Published: Penguin Books - December 16th, 2003

The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition Cover Image
By Anne Frank, Otto M. Frank (Editor), Mirjam Pressler (Editor), Susan Massotty (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780553577129
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Published: Bantam - February 3rd, 1997

The Handmaid's Tale: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Anchor - March 16th, 1998

The Color Purple: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Penguin Books - December 10th, 2019

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Cover Image
By Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9780345514400
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Published: Ballantine Books - April 21st, 2009

Beloved (Vintage International) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781400033416
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Published: Vintage - June 8th, 2004

Between the World and Me Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812993547
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Published: One World - July 14th, 2015

Lolita (Vintage International) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780679723165
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Published: Vintage - March 13th, 1989

Catch-22: 50th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
By Joseph Heller, Christopher Buckley (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9781451626650
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 5th, 2011

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780451163967
Published: Berkley -

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781400032716
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Published: Vintage - May 18th, 2004

The Things They Carried Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780618706419
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Published: Mariner Books - October 13th, 2009

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

Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet #1) Cover Image
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Published: Tor Science Fiction - April 27th, 2021

Ready Player One: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Ballantine Books - June 5th, 2012

The Book Thief Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375842207
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 11th, 2007

The Giver (Giver Quartet #1) Cover Image
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Published: Clarion Books - July 1st, 2014

The Fault in Our Stars Cover Image
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Published: Penguin Books - April 8th, 2014

Eleanor & Park: Exclusive Special Edition Cover Image
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - February 26th, 2013

Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles Cover Image
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Published: Square Fish - February 4th, 2020

Long Way Down Cover Image
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - April 2nd, 2019

Monster Cover Image
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Published: Amistad - March 5th, 2019

Fallen Angels Cover Image
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - May 1st, 2008

Forever . . . Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781481414432
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - April 29th, 2014

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781481409933
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - April 29th, 2014

Bless Me, Ultima Cover Image
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 1st, 1994

Brown Girl Dreaming Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780147515827
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - October 11th, 2016

Bridge to Terabithia 40th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
By Katherine Paterson, Donna Diamond (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780064401845
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Published: HarperCollins - May 2nd, 2017

The Agony of Alice Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781442423633
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - May 3rd, 2011

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Cover Image
By Alvin Schwartz, Stephen Gammell (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780062682826
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Published: HarperCollins - July 25th, 2017

Night of the Living Dummy (Classic Goosebumps #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780545035170
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - May 1st, 2008

The Dragonet Prophecy (Wings of Fire #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780545349239
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Published: Scholastic Press - April 30th, 2013

Drama Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780545326995
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Published: Graphix - September 1st, 2012

A Light in the Attic Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780060256739
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Published: HarperCollins - August 9th, 2005

Bad Kitty Cat-Nipped Edition Cover Image
By Nick Bruel, Nick Bruel (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781596432994
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - July 24th, 2007

The Adventures of Captain Underpants (Captain Underpants #1) Cover Image
By Dav Pilkey, Dav Pilkey (Illustrator), Dav Pilkey, Dav Pilkey (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780590846288
Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - September 1st, 1997

Where's Waldo?: Deluxe Edition Cover Image
By Martin Handford, Martin Handford (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780763645250
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Published: Candlewick - August 14th, 2012

Skippyjon Jones Cover Image
By Judy Schachner, Judy Schachner (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780142404034
Published: Puffin Books - April 7th, 2005

Hop on Pop (Bright & Early Board Books(TM)) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375828379
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - January 27th, 2004

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo (Better Bundo Book, LGBT Children’s Book) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781452173801
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Published: Chronicle Books - March 18th, 2018