In honor of Banned Books Week, this year's Top 10 Most Challenged Books will be 20% off for the week!!
**Please keep in mind that the books listsed below are PRE-DISCOUNTED within our system (as of 9/26), so no discount will show in your shopping cart.
Banned Books Week 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.
This year's theme is "Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us." Sharing stories important to us means sharing a part of ourselves. Books reach across boundaries and build connections between readers. Censorship, on the other hand, creates barriers.
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.
Reasons Banned: Challenged, banned, and restricted for LGBTQIA+ content, conflicting with a religious viewpoint, and not reflecting “the values of our community”
Reasons Banned: Banned and challenged because of author’s public statements, and because of claims that the book contains “selective storytelling incidents” and does not encompass racism against all people
Reasons Banned: Banned and challenged for profanity, drug use, and alcoholism, and because it was thought to promote anti-police views, contain divisive topics, and be “too much of a sensitive matter right now”
Reasons Banned: Banned, challenged, and restricted because it was thought to contain a political viewpoint and it was claimed to be biased against male students, and for the novel’s inclusion of rape and profanity
Reasons Banned: Banned and challenged for profanity, sexual references, and allegations of sexual misconduct by the author
Reasons Banned: Challenged for “divisive language” and because it was thought to promote anti-police views
Reasons Banned: Banned and challenged for racial slurs and their negative effect on students, featuring a “white savior” character, and its perception of the Black experience
Reasons Banned: Banned and challenged for racial slurs and racist stereotypes, and their negative effect on students
Reasons Banned: Banned and challenged because it was considered sexually explicit and depicts child sexual abuse
Reasons Banned: Challenged for profanity, and it was thought to promote an anti-police message