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Banned Books Week 2018 is September 23-29. 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 with removal or restricted 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.    -ALA

These books have been challenged or banned:

Picture Books

And Tango Makes Three

Justin Richardson · Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover

And Tango Makes Three is the bestselling, heartwarming true story of two penguins who create a nontraditional family.

At the penguin house at the Central Park Zoo, two penguins named Roy and Silo were a little bit different from the others. But their desire for a family was the same....
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Where the Wild Things Are

Maurice Sendak · HarperCollins
Pages: 48
Format: Library Binding

Where the Wild Things Are is fifty years old! Maurice Sendak's Caldecott Medal-winning picture book has become one of the most highly acclaimed and best-loved children's books of all time. A must for every child's bookshelf.Introduce a new generation to Max's imaginative...
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I Am Jazz

Jessica Herthel · Dial Books for Young Readers
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover

The story of a transgender child based on the real-life experience of Jazz Jennings, who has become a spokesperson for transkids everywhere

"This is an essential tool for parents and teachers to share with children whether those kids identify as trans or not. I wish I had had a book...
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J Books

BONE #1: Out from Boneville

Jeff Smith · Graphix/Scholastic
Pages: 138
Format: Paperback

The cornerstone of GRAPHIX, our new graphic novel imprint, BONE is the incredible comic book saga of the unwitting hero who must save an idyllic valley from the forces of evil.

The BONE adventures tell the story of a young bone boy, Fone Bone, and his two cousins, Phoney Bone and Smiley...
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The Adventures Of Captain Underpants

Dav Pilkey · Blue Sky Press; First Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

The first book in Dav Pilkey's mega-bestselling Captain Underpants series! George and Harold have created the greatest superhero in the history of their elementary school - and now they're going to bring him to life! Meet Captain Underpants! His true identity is so secret, even...
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Harper Collins Publishers Bridge To Terabithia

Katherine Paterson · Harper & Row
Pages: 128
Format: Print book

This Newbery Medal-winning novel by bestselling author Katherine Paterson is a modern classic of friendship and loss.

Jess Aarons has been practicing all summer so he can be the fastest runner in the fifth grade. And he almost is, until the new girl in school, Leslie Burke, outpaces...

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James and the Giant Peach

Roald Dahl
Format: Book

Roald Dahl's children's classic will be rediscovered with wonder and delight in this handsome gift edition with all-new black-and-white illustrations by Caldecott Honor Book artist Lane Smith (who also designed the characters for the Disney animated film).  How James escapes from his miserable...
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Charlotte's Web

E. B. White · Sundance
Pages: 192
Format: Paperback

This beloved book by E. B. White, author of Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan, is a classic of children's literature that is "just about perfect."

Some Pig. Humble. Radiant. These are the words in Charlotte's Web, high up in Zuckerman's barn. Charlotte's spiderweb...

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The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963

Christopher Paul Curtis · Dell Laurel Leaf
Pages: 210
Format: Paperback

A wonderful middle-grade novel narrated by Kenny, 9, about his middle-class black family, the Weird Watsons of Flint, Michigan. When Kenny's 13-year-old brother, Byron, gets to be too much trouble, they head South to Birmingham to visit Grandma, the one person who can shape him up. And they...
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Roald Dahl · Knopf Books for Young Readers; Revised edition
Pages: 176
Format: Hardcover

Fifty years ago, Roald Dahl created a world that captured the imagination of millions of readers, and a boy who captured their hearts. Now featuring an introduction by award-winning author Jon Scieszka, this special edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is perfect for longtime Roald...
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Are You There God? It's Me Margaret

Judy Blume · Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books; First edition edition
Pages: 160
Format: Hardcover

If anyone tried to determine the most common rite of passage for preteen girls in North America, a girl's first reading of Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret would rank near the top of the list. Judy Blume and her character Margaret Simon were the first to say out loud (and in a book...
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Julie of the Wolves

Jean Craighead George · Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 170
Format: Paperback

Faced with the prospect of a disagreeable arranged marriage or a journey acoss the barren Alaskan tundra, 13-year-old Miyax chooses the tundra. She finds herself caught between the traditional Eskimo ways and the modern ways of the whites. Miyax, or Julie as her pen pal Amy calls her,...

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T Books

The Call of the Wild and White Fang

Jack London · Signet Classics
Format: Paperback

Two classic stories-one indispensable volume. Timeless tales of wolves, dogs, men, and the wild, The Call of the Wild and White Fang are two of the world's greatest adventure stories.
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Eleanor & Park

Rainbow Rowell · St. Martin's Griffin
Pages: 328
Format: Print book

#1 New York Times Best Seller!

"Eleanor & Park reminded me not just what it's like to be young and in love with a girl, but also what it's like to be young and in love with a book."-John Green, The New York Times Book Review

Bono met his wife...

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The Hate U Give

A C THOMAS · Balzer + Bray
Pages: 464
Format: Hardcover

Eight Starred Reviews! #1 New York Times Bestseller!

"Absolutely riveting!" - Jason Reynolds

"Stunning." - John Green

"This story is necessary. This story is important." - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Heartbreakingly...

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This Book Is Gay

James Dawson · Sourcebooks Fire
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover

"This egregious gap has now been filled to a fare-thee-well by Dawson's book..." - Booklist (Starred) Lesbian. Bisexual. Queer. Transgender. Straight. Curious. This book is for everyone, regardless of gender or sexual preference. This book is for anyone who's ever dared...
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The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them

The Freedom Writers · Broadway; Mti edition
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback

Shocked by the teenage violence she witnessed during the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles, Erin Gruwell became a teacher at a high school rampant with hostility and racial intolerance. For many of these students–whose ranks included substance abusers, gang members, the homeless, and victims...
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This One Summer

Mariko Tamaki · First Second, 2014. ©2014
Pages: 317
Format: Paperback

A New York Times bestseller
A 2015 Caldecott Honor Book
A 2015 Michael L. Printz Honor Book

Every summer, Rose goes with her mom and dad to a lake house in Awago Beach. It's their getaway, their refuge. Rosie's friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never...

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Rainbow Boys

Alex Sanchez · Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition
Pages: 272
Format: Paperback

Jason Carrillo is a jock with a steady girlfriend, but he can't stop dreaming about sex...with other guys. Kyle Meeks doesn't look gay, but he is. And he hopes he never has to tell anyone -- especially his parents. Nelson Glassman is "out" to the entire world, but he can't...
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Ttyl

Lauren Myracle · Amulet Books
Pages: 234
Format: Paperback

This funny, smart novel follows the friendship of three 16 year old girls as they experience some of the typical pitfalls of adolescence boys, queen-bee types, a flirty teacher, beer, crazy parents, and more. Lauren Myracle has a gift for dialogue and characterization, and the girls emerge...
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A Wrinkle in Time: 50th Anniversary Commemorative Edition

Madeleine L'Engle · Square Fish; Special edition, 50th Anniversary Commemorative Edition edition
Format: Paperback

Fifty years ago, Madeleine L'Engle introduced the world to A Wrinkle in Time and the wonderful and unforgettable characters Meg and Charles Wallace Murry, and their friend Calvin O'Keefe. When the children learn that Mr. Murry has been captured by the Dark Thing, they time travel...
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Two Boys Kissing

David Levithan · Alfred A. Knopf
Pages: 200
Format: Hardcover

A 2014 Lambda Literary Award Winner
A 2014 Stonewall Honor Book
Named to the 2013 National Book Award Longlist

"You have to read this."
- Rainbow Rowell, author of Eleanor & Park

In his follow-up to the New York Times bestselling...
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Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out

Susan Kuklin · Candlewick Press
Pages: 182
Format: Book

A 2015 Stonewall Honor Book

A groundbreaking work of LGBT literature takes an honest look at the life, love, and struggles of transgender teens.

Author and photographer Susan Kuklin met and interviewed six transgender or gender-neutral young adults and used her considerable...
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Crank

Ellen Hopkins · Margaret K. McElderry Books
Pages: 537
Format: Paperback

Kristina Georgia Snow is the perfect daughter: gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble. But on a trip to visit her absentee father, Kristina disappears and Bree takes her place. Bree is the exact opposite of Kristina -- she's fearless.
Through a boy, Bree meets the monster:...
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The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins · Scholastic Press
Pages: 374
Format: Hardcover

Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning?

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel...

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Speak (Platinum Edition)

Laurie Halse Anderson · Speak; 1 edition
Format: Paperback

Laurie Halse Anderson’s award-winning, highly acclaimed, and controversial novel about a teenager who chooses not to speak rather than to give voice to what really happened to her marks ten years in print with this special anniversary edition. Bonus material created for this edition...
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Looking for Alaska

John Green · Speak
Pages: 11
Format: Print book

Before. Miles "Pudge" Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole life has been one big non-event, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave "the Great Perhaps" even more (François Rabelais, poet) . He heads off to the sometimes...
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Thirteen Reasons Why

Jay Asher · Razorbill
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover

From BOOKLIST
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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Sherman Alexie · Little, Brown and Co.
Pages: 229
Format: Paperback

Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other...
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The Fault in Our Stars

Kishan Bagadia · Speak
Pages: 318
Format: Paperback

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about...
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Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood

Marjane Satrapi · Pantheon
Pages: 153
Format: Paperback

A New York Times Notable Book
A Time Magazine "Best Comix of the Year"
A San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times Best-seller

Wise, funny, and heartbreaking, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi's graphic memoir of growing up in Iran...
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An Abundance of Katherines

John Green · Speak; Reprint edition
Format: Paperback

From the 1 bestselling author of The Fault in Our StarsMichael L. Printz Honor BookLos Angeles Times Book Prize FinalistWhen it comes to relationships, Colin Singletons type is girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times,...
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The Kite Runner

Khaled Hosseini · Riverhead Books
Pages: 371
Format: Paperback

The #1 New York Times bestselling debut novel that introduced Khaled Hosseini to millions of readers the world over.

The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father's servant, caught in the tragic sweep of history,...
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Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone

J.K. Rowling · Scholastic Press
Pages: 312
Format: Hardcover

What did Harry Potter know about magic? He was stuck living with the decidedly un-magical Dursleys, who hated him. He slept in a closet and ate their leftovers. But an owl messenger changes all that, with an invitation to attend the Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches, where it turns...
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