Banned Books Week 2017

September 24–30 is Banned Books Week, an annual event celebrating open access to information and our freedom to read. Each year, several books are challenged in libraries and schools across the country, and their removal requested. Banned Books Week shines a light on these attempts at censorship by releasing a list of the most-challenged books that year.

Check out some of the young adult books included in last year's list, as well as some beloved favorites from previous years. 

Celebrate your right to read—pick up a banned book!


Compiled by:
Jen H.
Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Sherman Alexie
(Young Adult – Y Alexie)

Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.


Raina Telgemeier
(Young Adult – Y Telgeme)

Callie rides an emotional roller coaster while serving on the stage crew for a middle school production of Moon over Mississippi. Various relationships start and end—and others never quite get going.

Eleanor & Park

Rainbow Rowell
(Young Adult – Y Rowell)

"Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits--smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try"—Publisher


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

J.K. Rowling
(Juvenile Fiction – J Rowling)

Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, Harry, a young boy with a great destiny, proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.

The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins
(Young Adult – Y Collins)

In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.

Looking for Alaska

John Green
(Young Adult – Y Green)

Sixteen-year-old Miles' first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks—and the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.

The Outsiders

S.E. Hinton
(Young Adult – Y Hinton)

The struggle of three brothers to stay together after their parent's death—and their quest for identity among the conflicting values of their adolescent society.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Stephen Chbosky
(Young Adult – Y Chbosky)

A coming of age novel about Charlie, a shy, introspective, and very intelligent high school "wallflower." He deals with the usual teen problems, but also with the suicide of his best friend.

This One Summer

Mariko Tamaki
(Graphic Novels – Tamaki)

Rose and her parents have been going to Awago Beach since she was a little girl. It's her summer getaway, her refuge. But this summer is different. Rose's mom and dad won't stop fighting, and Rose and her friend Windy have gotten tangled up in a tragedy-in-the-making.