Banned Books Week is usually celebrated during the last week of September. Libraries and bookstores across the U.S. display books that were once banned or challenged for their content. Many of these books are ones that you may have read in school, or even at church (since the Bible has often been a challenged book throughout history).
If you’d like to read a book that was banned or challenged, take a look at the list below. Click the links to see where each book is located in the library!
*Book descriptions provided by the publishers via the library catalog.
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Sixteen-year-old Miles’ first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash. Read our review here.
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
An epic tale of fathers and sons, of friendship and betrayal, that takes us from Afghanistan in the final days of the monarchy to the atrocities of the present.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline.
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
In depression-era California, two migrant workers dream of better days on a spread of their own until an act of unintentional violence leads to tragic consequences.
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah’s voice recounting the events leading up to her death.
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
The lives of two sisters- Nettie, a missionary in Africa, and Celie, a southern woman married to a man she hates- are revealed in a series of letters exchanged over thirty years.
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove, an African-American girl in an America whose love for blonde, blue-eyed children can devastate all others, prays for her eyes to turn blue so that she will be beautiful, people will notice her, and her world will be different.
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Huxley’s classic prophetic novel describes the socialized horrors of a futuristic utopia devoid of individual freedom.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Handmaid’s Tale is funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing. It is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and tour de force. It is Margaret Atwood at her best.
Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
While running away from home and an unwanted marriage, a thirteen-year-old Eskimo girl becomes lost on the North Slope of Alaska and is befriended by a wolf pack.