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. 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. For the past few years I have been participating to the event reading some of the most challenged books in the previous year. This page lists the top 10 most challenged books for each year (just for the most recent years so far). I have read the books with a color cover, and I am currently reading the one with a sepia color cover. I have not read yet the one with a B&W cover.

2019

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George
Alex Gino
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Sex is a Funny Word
Cory Silverberg, Fiona Smyth
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Prince & Knight
Daniel Haack, Stevie Lewis
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I am Jazz
Jessica Herthel, Jazz Jennings
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The Handmaid’s Tale
Margaret Atwood
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Drama
Raina Telgemeier
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Harry Potter
J. K. Rowling
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And Tango Makes Three
Peter Parnell, Justin Richardson, Henry Cole

2018

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George
Alex Gino
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The Hate U Give
Angie Thomas
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Drama
Raina Telgemeier
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This One Summer
Mariko Tamaki
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This Day in June
Gayle E. Pitman, Kristyna Litten
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Two Boys Kissing
David Levithan

2017

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Drama
Raina Telgemeier
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The Kite Runner
Khaled Hosseini
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George
Alex Gino
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Sex is a Funny Word
Cory Silverberg, Fiona Smyth
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The Hate U Give
Angie Thomas
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And Tango Makes Three
Peter Parnell, Justin Richardson, Henry Cole
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I am Jazz
Jessica Herthel, Jazz Jennings

2016

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This One Summer
Mariko Tamaki
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Drama
Raina Telgemeier
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George
Alex Gino
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I am Jazz
Jessica Herthel, Jazz Jennings
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Two Boys Kissing
David Levithan
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Big Hard Sex Criminals
Matt Fraction, Chip Zdarsky
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Little Bill
Bill Cosby, Varnette P. Honeywood
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Eleanor & Park
Rainbow Rowell

2015

2014

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Persepolis
Marjane Satrapi
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And Tango Makes Three
Peter Parnell, Justin Richardson, Henry Cole
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The Bluest Eye
Toni Morrison
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Saga
Brian Vaughan, Fiona Staples
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The Kite Runner
Khaled Hosseini
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A Stolen Life
Jaycee Dugard
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Drama
Raina Telgemeier