According to the American Library Association, in 2022 a record 2,571 unique titles were targeted for censorship—that's a 38% increase in challenges compared to 2021. If you believe that books should challenge readers and not the other way around, here are ways you can support challenge/banned books and their authors:
- Read, discuss, and recommend them (see our list below and check out the ALA's annual Top 10 Most Challenged Books Lists)
- Donate to organizations like The National Coalition Against Censorship, The American Library Association, The Freedom to Read Foundation, and PEN America
- Contact your local library & school board to express your support for access to diverse and inclusive books
- Vote in local & national elections for representatives who support freedom of expression
If you want to learn more, check out ALA's data on book banning.
NATIONAL BESTSELLER • A PARADE BEST BOOK OF ALL TIME • From the acclaimed Nobel Prize winner—a powerful examination of our obsession with beauty and conformity that asks questions about race, class, and gender with characteristic subtly and grace.
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CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED, NATIONAL BESTSELLER
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Winner of the Stonewall Book Award • Double finalist for the Lambda
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A classic work of American literature that has not stopped changing minds and lives since it burst onto the literary scene
Here, in one volume: Marjane Satrapi's best-selling, internationally acclaimed graphic memoir of growing up as a girl in Iran during the revolution has for twenty years been a classroom staple, a feminist manifesto, and one of the most popular and widely known graphic novels of all time.
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award
- Winner of the 2013 Hugo award for Best Graphic Story
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2020 ALA Alex Award Winner
2020 Stonewall — Israel Fishman Non-fiction Award Honor Book
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A New York Times Bestseller!
Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, Today Show, and MSNBC feature stories
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"Absolutely riveting!" —Jason Reynolds
The bestselling young adult non-fiction book on sexuality and gender!
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This crucial, empowering, #1 New York Times bestselling exploration of racism—and antiracism—in America makes critical ideas accessible for teen readers, adapted from Ibram X. Kendi's National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning.
This is NOT a history book.
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A New York Times bestseller
A 2015 Caldecott Honor Book
A 2015 Michael L. Printz Honor Book
An Eisner Award Winner
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BE WHO YOU ARE.
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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
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A Minneapolis Children's Theatre Company Original World Premiere Production
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American Library Association's Office of Intellectual Freedom's Top 10 Most Challenged Books
A Little Free Library Action Book Club Selection
National Parenting Product Award Winner (NAPPA)
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