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Banned Books Week 2021

September 27, 2021 at 8:29 AM by Brandi Cummings

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores, and libraries.

Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week 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 express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

Check out this list of popular titles that have been banned at some point.  



The Color Purple  by Alice Walker
Bless Me, Ultima  by  Rudolfo Anaya
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi
Lady Chatterley's Lover  by D.H. Lawrence
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Catcher in the Rye  by J.D. Salinger
The Bluest Eye by  Toni Morrison
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Marlon Bundo
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
A Stolen Life  by Jaycee Lee Dugard
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls