Banned & Challenged Books

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Celebrate your freedom to read during Banned Books Week. From 20th-century classics to 21st-century bestsellers, you'll find literature guides, activities, and lesson planning ideas to help you bring banned or challenged books into your classroom.

The popular books listed below were challenged by parents, administrators, teachers, religious groups, or governments. Challenges that a story is sexually explicit, contains offensive language, or is unsuited to its age group are commonly cited reasons for trying to remove a book from a library or school curriculum.

Censorship & the First Amendment

Recently Banned or Challenged Books (A-Z)


20th-Century Classics

19th-Century Classics

Earlier Censorship

Censored Works by William Shakespeare

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