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2019 Top 10 Challenged Books

  1. George by Alex Gini
  2. Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin
  3. A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss, illustrated by EG Keller
  4. Sex is a Funny Word by Cory Silverberg, illustrated by Fiona Smyth
  5. Prince & Knight by Daniel Haack, illustrated by Stevie Lewis
  6. I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas
  7. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  8. Drama written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier
  9. Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
  10. And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson illustrated by Henry Cole

(ALA, 2020)

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Banned Books Week (September 27 - October 3, 2020) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. It brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

The books featured during Banned Books Week 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.

(American Library Association, 2020)

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teaching banned books
Obscene in the Extreme the banning and burning of john steinbeck
The Uncensored Picture of Dorian Gray
banned in the USA
the jungle by upton sinclair
american anarchist
the censor's library
Not in Front of the Children
the girl with the dragon tattoo (2009)
hit list for young adults: frequently challenged books
Censorship in Canadian Literature
Ulysses
lady chatterley (2006)
All Good Books Are Catholic Books
the awakening by kate chopin
True Stories of Censorship Battles in America's Libraries

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