10 Commonly Challenged Books to Commemorate Banned Books Week

It’s Banned Books Week. From September 24-30, bibliophiles, teachers, librarians, publishers, journalists, and all readers will celebrate the freedom to read and the freedom of expression (for all; even to those who challenge these books), and ultimately shed light on the harms of censorship. On Sunday, I shared 20 books that have been challenged or banned from libraries and schools. “Challenged” means that there has been an effort to remove or restrict these books from readers. I wanted to continue sharing challenged book titles throughout Banned Books Week to shed light on censorship and thank those who work hard to ensure that these books stay in schools, libraries, and on the shelves to help shape the minds of our youth and beyond.

Here are 10 commonly challenged books (in no particular order):

  1. “A Light in the Attic” by Shel Silverstein
  2. “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger, 1951
  3. “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeline L’Engle
  4. “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood
  5.  “The Color Purple” by Alice Walker
  6. “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley
  7. “Native Son” by Richard Wright
  8.  “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” by Ken Kesey
  9. “Where’s Waldo?” by Martin Handford
  10. “The Lord of the Rings” by J.R.R. Tolkien


Which titles jump out at you? What are your thoughts on censorship? Share in the comments!


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