Celebrate Banned Books Week from September 23-29, 2018! Acknowledge your right to read banned and challenged books.
Often the most frequently challenged and banned books are for young adults or children. Check these lists of picture books and teen books that have been banned. You can also learn more about how to talk to kids about their first amendment rights and how to answer a child's questions about banned booksopens a new window. Borrow one of the most popular banned booksopens a new window or choose a banned book from 2017opens a new window (list below). The American Library Association has compiled data on frequently challenged booksopens a new window since 1990.
Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2017
- Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
- The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie
- Drama by Raina Telgemeier
- The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
- George by Alex Gino
- Sex Is A Funny Word by Cory Silverberg
- To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
- And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson
- I Am Jazz! by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
At Arapahoe Libraries, we offer a wide choice of print and online resources that feature a variety of topics and viewpoints. We celebrate YOUR freedom to read, seek and express ideas. We aim to turn every search for knowledge into a helpful adventure. Curious about some of our favorite banned books? Check out a banned book staff pick! To learn more about intellectual freedom, browse the ALA's Intellectual Freedom blogopens a new window. And, did you know that Arapahoe Libraries won the Julie J. Boucher Memorial Award for Intellectual Freedomopens a new window this September?