Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read. The books recognized each year have all been targeted for removal or restriction in libraries and schools. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship.
We've compiled a list below of some of our librarians' favorite banned books. Is one of your favorites included? Maybe you'll find something to add to your To Read pile!
If we've piqued your interest, check out the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom for a list of the most banned and challenged books from 2010-2019.