Celebrate the Freedom to Read


Banned Books Week is an annual event that celebrates the freedom to read. It highlights the value of free and open access to information. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in many cases, the books have remained available.

So, what’s on the list?

  1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  2. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone  by J. K. Rowling
  4. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  5. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  6. The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
  7. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
  8. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  9. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  10. Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
  11. Hey, Dollface by Deborah Hautzig
  12. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  13. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  14. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  15. Devil in the Drain by Daniel Manus Pinkwater
  16. The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
  17. Where’s Waldo? by Martin Handford
  18. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
  19. The Trial by Franz Kafka
  20. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  21. Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
  22. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  23. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  24. The Rabbits’ Wedding by Garth Williams
  25. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  26. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
  27. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
  28. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  29. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  30. The Invisible Man by H G Wells
  31. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  32. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  33. The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
  34. Charlotte’s Web by E B White
  35. My Friend Flicka by Mary O’Hara
  36. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  37. 1984 by George Orwell
  38. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
  39. Ulysses by James Joyce
  40. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  41. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  42. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  43. Rabbit, Run by John Updike
  44. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  45. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
  46. Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin
  47. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  48. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
  49. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence
  50. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  51. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

… and more to come!

Check out our list of banned and challenged books. Have any of your favorites been blacklisted?

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