Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week (September 22-28, 2019) is an annual event that celebrates the freedom to read and calls attention to the attempts made to remove or restrict books in libraries, schools, and universities. In 2018 the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) reported 483 books that were challenged or banned in the United States. Listed below are this year’s Top 11 Most Challenged Books* along with links to the stories of the censorship they faced.

#1. George by Alex Gino

#2. A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss

#3. Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey

#4. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

#5. Drama by Raina Telgemeier

#6. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

#7. This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki

#8. Skippyjon Jones series by Judy Schachner

#9. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

#10. and #11. This Day in June and Two Boys Kissing

“Traditionally the ALA releases a Top Ten List within the State of America’s Libraries Report each April. This year 11 books were selected, since two titles were tied for the final position on the list, and both books were burned by a religious activist to protest a Pride event” (American Library Association).