Banned Books 2022

Far-right politicians, media, and religious leaders intent on stopping children from learning about race, sexual orientation, gender identity, and different cultures within the country have escalated their attacks on freedom of speech by increasing the call for banning of books.

Art Spiegelman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Holocaust graphic novel Maus has recently been yanked off 8th graders reading lists in Tennessee, inciting a church in the state to hold a book burning — a book burning in 2022!?! Church members were filmed “gleefully tossing books deemed ‘demonic’ in the fire.”

The best way to fight back is to buy and read banned books and to talk about this growing attack on the First Amendment — and to not allow school systems and religious organizations to influence their disregard towards multi-culturism and race in the classroom. The following is a list of some - not all - banned books, culled from many sources I found on the web. The reasons for being banned, which I've included, and many of the books that are banned, will come as a surprise.

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The Complete Maus: A Survivor's Tale (Pantheon Graphic Library) Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780679406419
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Published: Pantheon - November 19th, 1996

Art Spiegelman’s definitive edition of the graphic novel about the horrors of the Holocaust, Maus, has been acclaimed by the Wall Street Journel as “the most affecting and successful narrative ever done about the Holocaust.” It didn't make it to the top 100 books until Tennessee banned it because it contains nudity and swear words, causing it to be, still to this date, sold out on Amazon.


1984 Cover Image
By George Orwell, Erich Fromm (Afterword by)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780451524935
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Published: Signet -

I searched on the web What Is the Most Banned Book in America?” and found this answer: For all time, the most frequently banned book is 1984 by George Orwell. The classic dystopian novel was challenged in 1981 in Jackson County, Florida because the book was declared “pro-communist and contained explicit sexual matter.” Because the novel offers insight to those under the leadership of oppressive regimes, this book has been banned and even burned.


The Bluest Eye (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307278449
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Published: Vintage - May 8th, 2007

Toni Morrison’s 2007 heartbreaking book, The Bluest Eye, is about an 11-year-old Black girl in America who prays for her eyes to turn blue so that people will think she is beautiful. It was banned by a Missouri school board who cited it as having sexually explicit material, graphic descriptions, disturbing language, and “an underlying socialist-communist agenda.”


Gender Queer: A Memoir Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781549304002
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Published: Oni Press - May 28th, 2019

In 2014 Maia Kobabe, who uses e/em/eir pronouns, originally started eir personal story as a way to explain to eir parents what being non-binary meant. Today it’s considered one of the best guides on gender identity for teens and allies alike. Late last year Virginia’s Loudon County school district pulled it from their shelves, citing graphic images. Since its release in 2019, it’s been included as one of the most banned books in America.


To Kill a Mockingbird Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062420701
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Published: Harper - March 3rd, 2015

The literary classic, which has been on classroom reading lists for six decades, is now banned and challenged for racial slurs and their negative effect on students, and for featuring a “white savior” character and its perception of the Black experience.


The Handmaid's Tale: A Novel Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780385490818
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Published: Anchor - March 16th, 1998

Banned and challenged for profanity and for vulgarity and sexual overtones. In 2020 a mother in a suburban Atlanta high school forbade her son from reading the book. Alleging “porn and gore and cursing,” the mother wanted the book removed from the high school and held prayer circles outside the library.


Heather Has Two Mommies Cover Image
By Leslea Newman, Laura Cornell (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763666316
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Published: Candlewick - March 11th, 2015

This cute children’s board book is challenged for being anti-family and pro-homosexuality.


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His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass (Book 1) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780440418320
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Published: Yearling - May 22nd, 2001

His Dark Materials trilogy came in second in 2018 as one of the most banned books. Many of the concerns were brought up by members of the clergy or parents who avowed their belief that the true meaning of the story was anti-god.


The Hate U Give Cover Image
By Angie Thomas, Amandla Stenberg (Foreword by)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062498533
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 28th, 2017

Released in early 2017, the book landed in the eighth spot on the American Library Association’s top ten challenged and banned books list because it includes strong language and discusses topics of racism and the intersection of police brutality and bias, and is thought to promote an anti-police message.


In the Dream House: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781644450383
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Published: Graywolf Press - December 1st, 2020

Part memoir, part history, the book highlights a time in Machado’s life when she was getting into and getting out of an unhealthy, abusive relationship with another woman. The fact that the queer relationship is heavily discussed and elaborated on in the book caused complaints from Vandegrift, Texas parents for its sexually explicit content.


The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story Cover Image
By Nikole Hannah-Jones (Created by), The New York Times Magazine (Created by), Caitlin Roper (Editor), Ilena Silverman (Editor), Jake Silverstein (Editor)
$38.00
ISBN: 9780593230572
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Published: One World - November 16th, 2021

Three bills have recently been introduced by state legislators in Arkansas, Iowa, and Mississippi arguing that the lessons in The 1619 Project misrepresent U.S. history. The Arkansas and Mississippi bills call it “a racially divisive and revisionist account" while he Iowa bill claims that it “attempts to deny or obfuscate the fundamental principles upon which the United States was founded.”


Where the Sidewalk Ends Special Edition with 12 Extra Poems: Poems and Drawings Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780060572341
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Published: HarperCollins - February 18th, 2014

For more than 40 years Shel Silverstein has entertained and delighted readers with books that are shared by fans and passed down to younger generations. The Giving Tree is one of the most affectionate, oft-quoted, and beloved children’s stories of all time. A Light in the Attic and Where the Sidewalk Ends are many children's first introduction to poetry. Where the Sidewalk Ends was yanked from the shelves of West Allis-West Milwaukee, Wisconsin school libraries in 1986 over fears that it “promotes drug use, the occult, suicide, death, violence, disrespect for truth, disrespect for authority, and rebellion against parents.”


Animal Farm: 75th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
By George Orwell, Russell Baker (Preface by), Tea Obreht (Introduction by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780452277502
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Published: Berkley - June 1st, 1996

Unlike other books which may be banned for several reasons, there's really only one main reason that Animal Farm has ever been banned: the critique of Communism.


The Catcher in the Rye Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316450867
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Published: Back Bay Books - November 6th, 2018

Ever since its 1951 release, The Catcher In the Rye, which explores three days in the life of a troubled 16-year-old boy, has been a “favorite of censors since its publication,” according to the American Library Association. In 1960, school administrators at a Tulso, Oklahoma high school fired an English teacher for assigning the book to an 11th-grade class. In Columbus, Ohio, the book was deemed “antiwhite” and formed a delegation to have it banned from local schools. One library banned it for violating codes on “excess vulgar language, sexual scenes, things concerning moral issues, excessive violence and anything dealing with the occult.” When asked about the bans, Salinger is quoted as having said, “some of my best friends are children."


Speak Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780312674397
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Published: Square Fish - May 10th, 2011

In 2020, the book was named the fourth most banned and challenged book in the United States "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."


Where the Wild Things Are Cover Image
By Maurice Sendak, Maurice Sendak (Illustrator)
$8.95
ISBN: 9780064431781
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Published: HarperCollins - December 26th, 2012

Some readers believed Where the Wild Things Are was psychologically damaging and traumatizing to young children due to Max's inability to control his emotions and his punishment of being sent to bed without dinner. Psychologists called it “too dark." The book was banned largely in the South.


Charlotte's Web Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780064400558
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Published: HarperCollins - April 10th, 2012

In 2006, Kansas banned the book because “talking animals are blasphemous and unnatural” and passages about the spider dying were criticized as being “inappropriate subject matter for a children’s book.”


Fahrenheit 451: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781451673319
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 10th, 2012

In Fahrenheit 451 books were forbidden, as a means for the government to control the thoughts of the public. Over the years, Fahrenheit 451 has been altered, censored, and banned in instances when adults thought it was inappropriate for the average high school student who would be reading Bradbury's work. The individuals who made these decisions clearly did not see the irony in reacting to this book specifically.


Brave New World Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780060850524
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - October 17th, 2006

In 1960 schools in Miller, Missouri banned Brave New World because of its characters' acceptance of promiscuous sex. The book was challenged as required reading in the Corona-Norco, California Unified School District in 1993 because it "centered around negative activity."


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: MinaLima Edition (Harry Potter, Book 1) (Illustrated edition) Cover Image
By J. K. Rowling, Minalima Design (Illustrator)
$37.99
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ISBN: 9781338596700
Published: Scholastic Inc. - October 20th, 2020

A private Catholic school in Nashville has removed the Harry Potter books from its library, saying they include “actual curses and spells, which when read by a human being risk conjuring evil spirits.” There were concerns over the violence and increasingly dark tone of the later books but most of the censorship attempts were for religious reasons.


Their Eyes Were Watching God: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780060838676
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Published: Amistad - March 19th, 2013

Since publication of Their Eyes Were Watching God, there has been objection to the language in the novel. These objections haven’t been about profanity but rather a criticism against characters speaking in a phonetic dialect, which has been taken by some to be a mocking of how English is spoken among the Black community.


This Day in June Cover Image
By Gayle E. Pitman, Kristyna Litten (Illustrator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781433816581
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Published: Magination Press - May 5th, 2014

This Day in June is picture book illustrating a Pride parade. The endmatter serves as a primer on LGBT history and culture and explains the references made in the story. This book has been challenged for its inclusion of LGBTQIA+ content. In 2019, a religious activist checked out four copies of the book from the Orange City, California Public Library and burned them live over Facebook. However, not only did people send in donations to help replace the books, a GoFundMe and several Facebook fundraisers were set up, raising thousands of dollars to replace damaged materials.


Lord of the Flies Cover Image
By William Golding, Lois Lowry (Afterword by), Jennifer Buehler (Contributions by)
$11.00
ISBN: 9780399501487
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Published: Penguin Books - December 16th, 2003

The eighth most frequently banned and challenged book in the nation, parents, school administrators and other critics have decried the language and violence in the novel. Bullying is rampant throughout the book—indeed, it is one of the main plot lines. Many people think that the book promotes a pro-slavery ideology, which they note is the wrong message to teach children.


Slaughterhouse-Five: A Novel (Modern Library 100 Best Novels) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385333849
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - January 12th, 1999

Kurt Vonnegut’s World War II classic has been challenged, banned and burned across the country since 1972. The book was banned in Levittown, New York in 1975, North Jackson, Ohio, in 1979, and Lakeland, Florida, in 1982 for its “explicit sexual scenes, violence, and obscene language.” Slaughterhouse-Five was challenged as recently as 2007 in a school district in Howell, Michigan because the book contained “strong sexual content.”


A Wrinkle in Time: 50th Anniversary Commemorative Edition (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet #1) Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781250004673
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Published: Square Fish - January 31st, 2012

A Wrinkle in Time has mostly been banned by various religious groups. Chief among them, the Jerry Falwell ministries, accuse the book of containing offensive language, arguing that it undermines religious beliefs and challenges their idea of God.


Goosebumps Retro Scream Collection: Limited Edition Tin Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780545847308
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - October 27th, 2015

Like the Scary Stories books, the Goosebumps series was banned by parents who felt that the books were too graphic and scary for their children. Many parents wanted to protect their kids from the element of fear, though some teachers felt that Goosebumps helped students manage the feeling of being afraid.


Thirteen Reasons Why Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781595141880
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Published: Razorbill - June 14th, 2011

Challenged in 2013 for drugs, alcohol, smoking, being sexually explicit, suicide, and for being unsuited for teenage readers.


The Kite Runner Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781594631931
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 5th, 2013

Khaled Hosseini’s acclaimed debut novel The Kite Runner met with several challenges since its 2003 release. In 2017, it was the fourth most challenged book according to the American Library Association. Challenged for sexual violence, Islamophobia also fueled some challenges with would-be censors arguing that the novel would inspire terrorism and promoted Islam. The book appeared on the top ten lists in 2014 for offensive language, unsuited to age group, and violence; in 2012 for homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, and for being sexually explicit; and in 2008 for offensive language, being sexually explicit, and being unsuited to certain age groups.


And Tango Makes Three (Classic Board Books) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781481446952
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Published: Little Simon - June 2nd, 2015

and tango makes three challenges some Americans' ideas and assumptions about homosexuality, age-appropriateness of the material, and raises the thorny question about what makes a family.


The Giver Quartet Omnibus Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780544340978
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Published: Clarion Books - July 1st, 2014

In 1999 The Giver Quartet was challenged in both Ohio and Florida by parents because of infanticide, euthanasia, sexuality, and suicide. The book was also challenged in 2001 in Colorado because a father believed “those types of books sow the seeds of school shootings by encouraging suicide and disregard for human life.”


Harriet the Spy Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780440416791
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Published: Yearling - May 8th, 2001

Harriet the Spy was challenged in 1983 at a Xenia, Ohio school board meeting where some argued the book encouraged children to disrespect their parents by lying, talking back, cursing, and spying on others. Psychologists called it “too dark." The book was banned largely in the South.


In the Night Kitchen Cover Image
By Maurice Sendak, Maurice Sendak (Illustrator)
$8.95
ISBN: 9780064434362
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Published: HarperCollins - January 19th, 1996

Sendak's In the Night Kitchen, which regularly appears on the American Library Association's list of frequently challenged and banned books, features illustrations of a little tyke losing his trousers and falling naked into a pitcher of milk. Wow, racy! It has been claimed that the book "desensitizes children to nudity.” To remedy this, some librarians have added pants. Or diapers.


Looking for Alaska Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780142402511
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Published: Penguin Books - December 28th, 2006

Looking for Alaska was challenged and banned because it includes a scene wherein Miles and his girlfriend-of-one-day Lara engage in oral sex.


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The Glass Castle: A Memoir Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780743247542
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Published: Scribner - January 17th, 2006

The Glass Castle has been banned by the Ambridge High School in Pennsylvania because the book is considered “racist and sexually explicit.” 

 


Hop on Pop (Beginner Books(R)) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780394800295
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers -

In 2014 the Toronto Public Library received a formal complaint about this delightful Dr. Seuss book claiming that the book “encourages children to use violence against their fathers” by hopping on them.


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Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316453691
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 10th, 2020

Stamped was banned, challenged, and/or restricted "because of the author's public statements and because of claims that the book contains 'selective storytelling incidents' and does not encompass racism against all people."


Stamped (For Kids): Racism, Antiracism, and You Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316167581
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 11th, 2021

This is the YA version of Stamped and challenged as indicated above, in the adult edition of the book.


The Color Purple: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143135692
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Published: Penguin Books - December 10th, 2019

Alice Walker's The Color Purple was challenged in 1984 in a high school honors class in Oakland, California due to the book's "sexual and social explicitness" and its "troubling ideas about race relations, man's relationship to God, African history, and human sexuality."


The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345391803
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Published: Del Rey - September 27th, 1995

The cult classic since it's 1979 publifcation, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was banned for some usage of inappropriate words and its questioning of religion.


All American Boys Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781481463348
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - August 29th, 2017

Jason Reynolds popular YA novel was 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.”


Dear Martin Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781101939529
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Published: Ember - September 4th, 2018

After a traffic stop turns violent at the hands of the police, a young Black teen grapples with racism—and what it means for his future. The book has been banned because it was found to be “unacceptable and have extreme content”.


The Great Gatsby: The Only Authorized Edition Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780743273565
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Published: Scribner - September 30th, 2004

F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic The Great Gatsby was banned, in 1987, at the Baptist College in Charleston, South Carolina because of “language and sexual references in the book.”


The Lorax (Classic Seuss) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780394823379
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - August 12th, 1971

In 1989, a Laytonvillie, California parent who owned a logging company tried to have the Dr. Seuss book The Lorax banned from the Laytonville Elementary School reading list on the grounds that it was “anti-logging."


The Grapes of Wrath: (Centennial Edition) Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780142000663
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Published: Penguin Books - January 8th, 2002

John Steinbeck's most famous novel, The Grapes of Wrath, was banned in 1939 in Kern County, California, a prohibition that would stay in place for a year and a half. Some residents called John Steinbeck's 'Wrath' a 'libel and lie' as well as 'obscene in the extreme.'


Lolita Cover Image
$23.99
ISBN: 9789390315383
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Published: Prabhat Prakashan - January 1st, 2020

In 1958, just after it's release, the Cincinnati Public Library voted to ban Vladimir Nabokov's novel Lolita, widely acclaimed as one of the greatest novels in the English language. It is still highly controversial because of its subject matter: the sexual relationship between the late middle-aged Humbert Humbert and the 12-year old Lolita (whose real name was Dolores Haze). One member of the Cincinnati Library Board of Directors resigned in protest of the 1958 ban.


Something Happened in Our Town: A Child's Story about Racial Injustice Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781433828546
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Published: Magination Press - March 1st, 2018

After discussing the police shooting of a local Black man with their families, Emma and Josh know how to treat a new student who looks and speaks differently than his classmates. This children's picture book includes an extensive "Note to Parents and Caregivers" that provides general guidance towards addressing racism with children, child-friendly vocabulary definitions, conversation guides, and a link to additional online resources for parents and teachers. This book has been challenged for “divisive language” and because it was thought to "promote anti-police views."


Of Mice and Men: (Centennial Edition) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780142000670
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Published: Penguin Books - January 8th, 2002

Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men is regularly on the banned books list put out by the American Library Association. It has been banned because of vulgarity, racism, and its treatment of women. The challenges don't seem to go away as time goes on, even in the 21st century.


Catch-22: 50th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
By Joseph Heller, Christopher Buckley (Introduction by)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781451626650
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 5th, 2011

Joseph Heller's Catch-22, considered a cornerstone of American literature and one of the funniest—and most celebrated—books of all time was banned once and had two major challenges brought against it. The banning occurred in Strongsville, Ohio, where the book was removed from the school library in 1972, the primary reason for the removal being, according to the school, was profane and inappropriate language.


Ulysses Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780199535675
Published: Oxford University Press, USA - September 1st, 2011

James Joyce’s Ulysses, published 137 years ago, is central to the literary canon and features on university literature courses around the world. However, it was not always as revered as it is now. In fact, it was banned as obscene before it was first published as a complete novel, regarded as a work of perversion.


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Invisible Man (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780679732761
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Published: Vintage - March 14th, 1995

The novel was banned after a parent complained about the language, rape and incest, and its depiction of one character’s “loss of innocence.” Juniors at Randleman, North Carolina, High School were allowed to choose Ellison’s novel as part of a summer reading assignment. The parent (whose child was a junior) wrote the board a twelve-page letter of protest. She pulled all of the juiciest passages out to support her case, which might explain why the nearest bookstore ran out of its ten copies so quickly.


Native Son Cover Image
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - August 2nd, 2005

Banned in a Fremont, California high school for “objectionable language” and “violence, sex, and profanity,” Native Son tells the story of a young black man caught in a downward spiral after he kills a young white woman in a brief moment of panic.


The Giving Tree Cover Image
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Published: HarperCollins - February 18th, 2014

A young boy grows to manhood and old age experiencing the love and generosity of a tree which gives to him, without any thought of return. In 1988, Shel Silverstein's popluar meaningful book was banned from a Colorado public library, who argued that the book was sexist.


One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780451163967
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Published: Berkley -

The modern literary classic One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest used to be banned from high schools because it was too counter-culture. Too edgy.


The Satanic Verses: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - March 11th, 2008

Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses was banned in many countries, but the most notable banning was done in Iran. The novel was seen as blasphemous by most Muslims because Rushdie used Islam in a satirical way. Because of this outrage, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa against Rushdie.


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Sophie's Choice (Vintage International) Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780679736370
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Published: Vintage - March 3rd, 1992

William Styron's Sophie's Choice is about a Holocaust survivor caught between an abusive lover and a writer who is determined to uncover her painful past. Through the narrative one can see how the experience of the Holocaust manifests in scars both physical and emotional. In 1979, after its release, the book was banned in South Africa for no given reason.


Cat's Cradle: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385333481
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - September 8th, 1998

Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle, published in 1963, was banned in many schools because it addresses the issues of science and religion. The main plot device is a doomsday weapon that freezes all water on earth, causing the end of all life. Throughout the book, Vonnegut takes a satirical tone, causing many to take offense.


A Separate Peace Cover Image
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Published: Scribner - September 30th, 2003

Knowles' A Separate Peace was challenged as appropriate for high school reading lists in the Shelby County, Tennessee school system in 1989 because the novel contains "offensive language."


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Worm Loves Worm Cover Image
By J. J. Austrian, Mike Curato (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062386335
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Published: Balzer + Bray - January 5th, 2016

Two worms in love decide to get married and with help from Cricket, Beetle, Spider, and the Bees they have everything they need and more, but which one will be the bride and which the groom? This book has been challenged for LGBTQIA+ content.


Women in Love: Cambridge Lawrence Edition Cover Image
By D. H. Lawrence, Amit Chaudhuri (Introduction by), David Farmer (Editor), Lindeth Vasey (Editor)
$12.00
ISBN: 9780141441542
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Published: Penguin Classics - September 25th, 2007

A part of reading lists in schools across the US, Women in Love was banned after several parents' association protested against its inclusion in the syllabus. Despite explicit sex scenes describing incest, rape, and pedophilia, the book is held as a thought-provoking literary work.


Tropic of Cancer (Miller) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802131782
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Published: Grove Press - January 6th, 1994

In 1938, the U.S. Government banned Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer, saying it dealt too explicitly with his sexual adventures and challenged models of sexual morality. To further drive the point home, the government went on to ban all of Miller's works from entering the United States.


Rabbit, Run Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780449911655
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - August 27th, 1996

John Updike's Rabbit Run was removed in 1986 from the Englass class required reading list at the Medicine Bow, Wyoming Junior High School because of sexual references and profanity in the book.


Sex Is a Funny Word: A Book about Bodies, Feelings, and YOU Cover Image
By Cory Silverberg, Fiona Smyth (Illustrator)
$25.95
ISBN: 9781609806064
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Published: Triangle Square - July 28th, 2015

A comic book for kids that includes children and families of all makeups, orientations, and gender identities, Sex Is a Funny Word is an essential resource about bodies, gender, and sexuality for children ages 8 to 10 as well as for their parents and caregivers. This book was challenged and banned LGBTQIA+ content, for discussing gender identity and sex education, and for concerns that the title and illustrations were “inappropriate.”


Go Tell It on the Mountain (Vintage International) Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780375701870
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Published: Vintage - September 12th, 2013

Challenged in Hudson Falls, New York in 1994 and Prince William County, Virginia in 1988 for various reasons including language, sexual themes, violence, and references to rape and the degrading treatment of women, this haunting coming-of-age story, based in part on James Baldwin's childhood in Harlem, is an American classic. Originally published in 1953, Go Tell It on the Mountain was Baldwin's first major work.


All The King's Men Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780156004800
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Published: Mariner Books - September 1st, 1996

Robert Penn Warren's All the Kings Men was challenged in Dallas, Texas in 1974 for depicting a “depressing view of life” and “immoral situations."


Lady Chatterley's Lover Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781607965152
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Published: www.bnpublishing.com - November 27th, 2012

Originally published in Italy in 1928, D. H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover had been banned in the UK on grounds of obscenity, though a limited, expurgated and heavily censored imported version had been available. That is until 1960, when it was the subject of an obscenity trial against the publisher.


Drama: A Graphic Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780545326995
Published: Graphix - September 1st, 2012

Callie rides an emotional roller coaster while serving on the stage crew for a middle school production of Moon over Mississippi as various relationships start and end, and others never quite get going. This graphic novel has been banned several times in Texas schools and libraries for its inclusion of LGBTQIA+ content and concerns that it goes against “family values/morals.”


Brave New World Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780060850524
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - October 17th, 2006

Nearly 90 years after its publication, Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World still causes a heated debate among literary lovers. The classic sci-fi novel explores the dystopian genre wherein a government’s need for economic growth results in a divided society into caste systems. The citizens are separated according to their jobs, intelligence, and appearance. Sex is widely accepted in this novel’s society but not so much when it was published. It’s been banned for sexual promiscuity, sexually explicit scenes, drug use, and self-harm.


Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo (Better Bundo Book, LGBT Children’s Book) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781452173801
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Published: Chronicle Books - March 18th, 2018

Banned for LGBTQIA+ representation in a children’s book and political viewpoints, Marlon Bundo is the lonely grandson of the VPOTUS Mike Pence. That is until he meets Wesley on a Very Special Day. A charming children’s book that explores the issue of same-sex relationships and battles the prejudice that has been ingrained in society since the dawn of time, this book has faced much backlash from schools, local governments, and parents. One critic claimed this children's storybook is “designed to pollute the morals of its readers.” This statement has been rebuked and fought by the LGBTQIA+ community because of its falsities. Queer people exist, and this story does not indoctrinate but educates the youth that not all bunnies are made the same way, which is perfectly okay.