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9/26/2021: 2021 Banned Books Week!

Join us September 26 – October 2 for the 2021 celebration of the right to read!
Visit the Banned Books website for all the information!

Jason Reynolds Named Inaugural Honorary Chair of Banned Books Week

As an advocate for storytelling and an outspoken critic of censorship, Reynolds is the perfect person to headline Banned Books Week 2021, which has the theme, “Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us.” For young people in particular, books offer both shared and differently lived experiences that help them develop empathy and understand themselves and their world. In turn, censorship isolates us from each other by narrowing our view of the world.

The New York Times bestselling author will headline the annual celebration of the right to read, which takes place September 26 – October 2, 2021.

Reynolds is the author of more than a dozen books for young people, including "All American Boys (with Brendan Kiely)," "Ghost, Long Way Down, Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks," and "Stamped" (with Ibram X. Kendi). A multiple National Book Award finalist, Reynolds has also received a Newbery Honor, a Printz Honor, an NAACP Image Award, and several Coretta Scott King Award honors. He is currently serving a two-year term as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature for the Library of Congress.

Watch his announcement here: Jason Reynolds on You Tube.

The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom tracked 156 challenges to library, school, and university materials and services in 2020. Of the 273 books that were targeted, here are the Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2020, along with the reasons cited for censoring the books. [The challenged books are listed below, plus Mr. Reynolds other titles!]  At the same link are the top 10 lists for previous years as well...

More YouTube brilliance -- brief reviews from librarians of all of the most challenged/banned books from 2020.

Books: 
George (Scholastic Gold) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780545812573
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scholastic Inc. - April 25th, 2017

Reasons: Challenged, banned, and restricted for LGBTQIA+ content, conflicting with a religious viewpoint, and not reflecting “the values of our community.”


Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316453691
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 10th, 2020

Reasons: 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.


All American Boys Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781481463348
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - August 29th, 2017

Reasons: 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.”


Speak Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780312674397
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Square Fish - May 10th, 2011

Reasons: 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.


The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316013697
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 1st, 2009

Reasons: Banned and challenged for profanity, sexual references, and allegations of sexual misconduct by the author.


Something Happened in Our Town: A Child's Story about Racial Injustice Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781433828546
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Magination Press - March 1st, 2018

Reasons: Challenged for “divisive language” and because it was thought to promote anti-police views.


To Kill a Mockingbird Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780060935467
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - July 5th, 2005

Reasons: Banned and challenged for racial slurs and their negative effect on students, featuring a “white savior” character, and its perception of the Black experience.


To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Perennial Deluxe Editions) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780061120084
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - May 23rd, 2006

Reasons: Banned and challenged for racial slurs and their negative effect on students, featuring a “white savior” character, and its perception of the Black experience.


Of Mice and Men Cover Image
$12.00
ISBN: 9780140177398
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - September 1st, 1993

Reasons: Banned and challenged for racial slurs and racist stereotypes, and their negative effect on students.


The Bluest Eye (Vintage International) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780307278449
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - May 8th, 2007

Reasons: Banned and challenged because it was considered sexually explicit and depicts child sexual abuse.


The Hate U Give Cover Image
By Angie Thomas, Nikki Giovanni (Foreword by)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062498533
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Balzer + Bray - February 28th, 2017

Reasons: Challenged for profanity, and it was thought to promote an anti-police message.


Ghost (Track #1) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781481450164
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - August 29th, 2017

Ghost wants to be the fastest sprinter on his elite middle-school track team, but his past is slowing him down in this electrifying novel--a National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature and first in a brand-new series.


Long Way Down Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781481438261
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - April 2nd, 2019

A recipient of Newbery, Printz, and Coretta Scott King Honors, this fiercely stunning novel by "New York Times"-bestselling author Reynolds takes place in 60 potent seconds--the time it takes a kid to decide whether or not he's going to murder the guy who shot and killed his brother.