Banned Books Week

Celebrate the freedom to read! See below some of our favorite banned and challenged books of the last few decades. Learn more about Banned Books Week here.

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316453691
Availability: At the Store Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 10th, 2020

The #1 New York Times bestseller and a USAToday bestseller!
A timely, crucial, and empowering exploration of racism--and antiracism--in America


This is NOT a history book.
This is a book about the here and now.
A book to help us better understand why we are where we are.
A book about race.


The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316013697
Availability: Backordered - No Estimated Arrival Date
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 1st, 2009

Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.


To Kill a Mockingbird Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780060935467
Availability: At the Store Now
Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - July 5th, 2005

Voted America's Best-Loved Novel in PBS's The Great American Read

Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep South—and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred


Of Mice and Men Cover Image
$12.00
ISBN: 9780140177398
Availability: At the Store Now
Published: Penguin Books - September 1st, 1993

A controversial tale of friendship and tragedy during the Great Depression
 
They are an unlikely pair: George is "small and quick and dark of face"; Lennie, a man of tremendous size, has the mind of a young child. Yet they have formed a "family," clinging together in the face of loneliness and alienation.


George (Scholastic Gold) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780545812573
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Scholastic Inc. - April 25th, 2017

The unforgettable debut from Stonewall Award Winner Alex Gino.

George joins the Scholastic Gold line, which features award-winning and beloved novels. Includes exclusive bonus content!

When people look at Melissa, they think they see a boy named George. But she knows she's not a boy.


All American Boys Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781481463348
Availability: At the Store Now
Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - August 29th, 2017

A 2016 Coretta Scott King Author Honor book, and recipient of the Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children’s Literature.


Speak Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780312674397
Availability: At the Store Now
Published: Square Fish - May 10th, 2011

The first ten lies they tell you in high school.


Something Happened in Our Town: A Child's Story about Racial Injustice Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781433828546
Availability: At the Store Now
Published: Magination Press - March 1st, 2018

The companion book, Something Happened in Our Park: Standing Together After Gun Violence, is available now.

A NEW YORK TIMES AND #1 INDIEBOUND BEST SELLER

#6 on American Library Association's Office of Intellectual Freedom's Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2020

A Little Free Library Action Book Club Selection


Sex Is a Funny Word: A Book about Bodies, Feelings, and YOU Cover Image
By Cory Silverberg, Fiona Smyth (Illustrator)
$23.95
ISBN: 9781609806064
Availability: At the Store Now
Published: Triangle Square - July 28th, 2015

2016 Winner of the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction 

2016 ALA Stonewall Book Award, Honor Book

2016 ALA Notable Children's Book


The Bluest Eye (Vintage International) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780307278449
Availability: At the Store Now
Published: Vintage - May 8th, 2007

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • The acclaimed Nobel Prize winner powerfully examines our obsession with beauty and conformity—and asks questions about race, class, and gender with her characteristic subtly and grace.
 


The Hate U Give Cover Image
By Angie Thomas, Nikki Giovanni (Foreword by)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062498533
Availability: At the Store Now
Published: Balzer + Bray - February 28th, 2017

8 starred reviews · Goodreads Choice Awards Best of the Best  ·  William C. Morris Award Winner · National Book Award Longlist · Printz Honor Book · Coretta Scott King Honor Book · #1 New York Times Bestseller!

"Absolutely riveting!" —Jason Reynolds


Drama Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780545326995
Availability: At the Store Now
Published: Graphix - September 1st, 2012

From Raina Telgemeier, the #1 New York Times bestselling, multiple Eisner Award-winning author of Smile and Sisters!

Callie loves theater. And while she would totally try out for her middle school's production of Moon over Mississippi, she can't really sing.


This One Summer Cover Image
By Jillian Tamaki (Illustrator), Mariko Tamaki
$18.99
ISBN: 9781596437746
Availability: At the Store Now
Published: First Second - May 6th, 2014

A New York Times bestseller
A 2015 Caldecott Honor Book
A 2015 Michael L. Printz Honor Book
An Eisner Award Winner


And Tango Makes Three (Classic Board Books) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781481446952
Availability: At the Store Now
Published: Little Simon - June 2nd, 2015

The heartwarming true story of two penguins who create a nontraditional family is now available in a sturdy board book edition.

At the penguin house at the Central Park Zoo, two penguins named Roy and Silo were a little bit different from the others. But their desire for a family was the same.


Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780763673680
Availability: At the Store Now
Published: Candlewick - March 10th, 2015

A 2015 Stonewall Honor Book

A groundbreaking work of LGBT literature takes an honest look at the life, love, and struggles of transgender teens.


The Color Purple: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143135692
Availability: At the Store Now
Published: Penguin Books - December 10th, 2019

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Alice Walker's iconic modern classic is now a Penguin Book.


The Witches Cover Image
By Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780142410110
Availability: At the Store Now
Published: Puffin Books - August 16th, 2007

From the World's No. 1 Storyteller, The Witches is a children's classic that has captured young reader's imaginations for generations.

This is not a fairy tale. This is about real witches.


A Wrinkle in Time (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet #1) Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780312367541
Availability: At the Store Now
Published: Square Fish - May 1st, 2007

Madeleine L'Engle's ground-breaking science fiction and fantasy classic, now a major motion picture.

It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.


Brave New World Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780060850524
Availability: At the Store Now
Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - October 17th, 2006

Now more than ever: Aldous Huxley's enduring masterwork must be read and understood by anyone concerned with preserving the human spirit

"A masterpiece. . . . One of the most prophetic dystopian works." —Wall Street Journal 


Lord of the Flies Cover Image
By William Golding, E. M. Forster (Introduction by), E. L. Epstein (Notes by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9781573226127
Availability: At the Store Now
Published: Penguin Books - August 1st, 1997

Before The Hunger Games there was Lord of the Flies


Native Son (Perennial Classics) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060837563
Availability: At the Store Now
Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - August 2nd, 2005

“If one had to identify the single most influential shaping force in modern Black literary history, one would probably have to point to Wright and the publication of Native Son.” – Henry Louis Gates Jr.


The Handmaid's Tale: A Novel Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780385490818
Availability: At the Store Now
Published: Anchor - March 16th, 1998

#1 New York Times Bestseller 

An instant classic and eerily prescient cultural phenomenon, from “the patron saint of feminist dystopian fiction” (The New York Times). Now an award-winning Hulu series starring Elizabeth Moss.


Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780618871711
Availability: At the Store Now
Published: Mariner Books - June 5th, 2007

CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED, NATIONAL BESTSELLER 
Time Magazine #1 Book of the Year • National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist • 
Winner of the Stonewall Book Award •  Double finalist for the Lambda Book Award 
Nominated for the 
GLAAD Medi


The Complete Persepolis: Now a Major Motion Picture (Pantheon Graphic Library) Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780375714832
Availability: At the Store Now
Published: Pantheon - October 30th, 2007

Here, in one volume: Marjane Satrapi's best-selling, internationally acclaimed graphic memoir.


The Awakening and Selected Stories Cover Image
By Kate Chopin, Claire Vaye Watkins (Introduction by)
$9.00
ISBN: 9780142437322
Availability: At the Store Now
Published: Penguin Classics - February 4th, 2003

Kate Chopin's groundbreaking depiction of a woman who dares to defy the expectations of society in the pursuit of her desire