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Banned Book List
(Whenever possible, I added a link to where the book could be purchased)

Bad For You  Abbi Glines 

Teen & YA Fiction about New Experiences

 The Covid Protocols: Upholding Your Rights in Authoritarian Times Abdiel LeRoy

 Christian Prophet, Civil Rights


Go the Fuck to Sleep (Boxed Set)  Adam Mansbach 

Parenting & Families Humor


More Happy Than Not  Adam Silvera 

Teen & YA Fiction LGBTQ+ Romance


Ground Zero: A Novel of 9/11  Alan Gratz 

Children's Explore Middle East Fiction


Neonomicon  Alan Moore 

Horror Graphic Novels


A Brave New World  Aldous Huxley 

Genetic Engineering Sci-Fi/Dystopian


George  Alex Gino 

Children's Bullies Issues/Transgender/LGBTQ+


Rainbow Boys (series)  Alex Sanchez 

Teen & YA Fiction LGBTQ+/Dating/Sex


The Lovely Bones  Alice Sebold

Ghost/Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Literary


The Color Purple  Alice Walker

Black & African American Historical Fiction

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic  Alison Bechdel 

LGBTQ+ Graphic Novels


Scary Stories (series)  Alvin Schwartz 

Children's Scary Stories


Revolutionary Voices: A Multicultural Queer Youth Anthology Amy Sonnie 

Multicultural Queer Youth Anthology


The Dirty Cowboy  Amy Timberlake 

Children's Western American Historical Fiction


The Hate U Give  Angie Thomas 

Teen & YA Fiction Black & African American


Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl  Anne Frank 



Go Ask Alice  Anonymous 

Drug Addiction


A Clockwork Orange  Anthony Burgess 

Dark Humor


Stuck in the Middle  Ariel Schrag 

Teen & YA Comics & Graphic Novels


Out of Darkness  Ashley Hope Perez 

Teen & Young Adult Fiction about Prejudice


Atlas Shrugged  Ayn Rand 

Contemporary Literature & Fiction


The Fountainhead  Ayn Rand 

Contemporary Literature & Fiction


Mavis Bone and the Fledgling Killer  B.P. Smythe 



Nickel and Dimed  Barbara Ehrenreich 

Poverty Studies


American Psycho  Bret Easton Ellis 

Lawyers & Criminals Humor


Saga  Brian K.Vaughan 

Horror Graphic Novels


Almost Perfect  Brian Katcher 

Teen & YA Fiction LGBTQ+ Romance

From the Noble Savage to the Noble Revolutionary Carlos Rangel 

Political Freedom In Spanish

Red White & Royal Blue  Casey McQuiston 

Gay Romance


The Breakaways  Cathy G .Johnson 

Children's Comics & Graphic Novels


Gossip Girl (series)  Cecilyvon Ziegesar 

Teen & YA about Class Differences


My Princess Boy  Cheryl Kilodavis 

Children's Transgender/LGBTQ+


Whale Talk  Chris Crutcher 

Teen & YA about Physical & Emotional Abuse

Sex Is a Funny Word: A Book about Bodies, Feelings, and YOU Cory Silverberg & Fiona Smythe 

Children's Sexuality Books


Habibi  Craig Thompson 

Teen & YA Fiction about New Experiences


Dreaming In Cuban  Cristina Garcia 

Magical Realism


The Da Vinci Code  Dan Brown 

Religious Mysteries


Prince and Knight  Daniel Haack 

Children's Folk Tales & Myths


Flowers for Algernon  Daniel Keyes 

Classic Science Fiction


Captain Underpants (series)  Dav Pilkey 



The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby  Dav Pilkey 



A Child Called It  Dave Pelzer 

Child Abuse/Memoir


City of Thieves  David Benioff 

Military Historical


Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story  David Levithan 

Teen & YA Fiction LGBTQ+


Two Boys Kissing  David Levithan 

Teen & YA Fiction LGBTQ+ Romance


Final Exit: The Practicalities of Self-Deliverance and Assisted Suicide for the Dying  Derek Humphry 



Lady Chatterley’s Lover  DH Lawrence 



My Mom's Having a Baby!  Dori Hillestad Butler 

Children's New Baby Books


Fifty Shades of Grey (Series)  E. L. James 



Tell Tale Heart  Edgar Allan Poe 

Classic, dark literature


Infandous  Elana K Arnold 

Teen & YA Fiction Dating/Sex


Burned  Ellen Hopkins 

Teen & YA about Physical & Emotional Abuse


Crank  Ellen Hopkins 



Glass  Ellen Hopkins 



Tricks  Ellen Hopkins 



Draw Me a Star  Eric Carle 

Children's Art Fiction


All Quiet on the Western Front  Erich Maria Remarque 

Military Historical Fiction


This Day in June  Gayle E. Pitman; Kristyna Litten (Illustrator) 

LGBTQ history and culture


I Was Here  Gayle Forman 

Teen & YA Fiction about Suicide


All Boys Aren't Blue  George M. Johnson 

YA memoir


1984  George Orwell 



Animal Farm  George Orwell 



Year of Wonders  Geraldine Brooks 

Historical Australian & Oceanian Fiction


To Kill a Mockingbird  Harper Lee 

Classic Coming of Age Fiction


Michelle Obama: Political Icon  Heather E. Schwartz 

Children's US Presidents & First Ladies


Tropic of Cancer   Henry Miller 

Erotic Literature & Fiction


How to be an Antiracist   Ibram X. Kendi 

Human Rights


A is for Activism written and illustrated   Innosanto Nagara 

Children's Activism


House of the Spirits   Isabel Allende 

Hispanic American Literature & Fiction


The Catcher in the Rye   J. D. Salinger 

Classic American Literature


Deliverance   James Dickey 

Psychological Literary Fiction


Ulysses   James Joyce 

 European Literary History & Criticism


All American Boys   Jason Reynolds,  Brendan Kiely   

Teen & YA Fiction about Prejudice & Racism


Thirteen Reasons Why   Jay Asher 

Teen & YA Fiction about Suicide


I Am Jazz   Jazz Jennings and Jessica Herthel 

Children, Transgender, LGBTQ


Nasreen’s Secret School   Jeanette Winter 

Children's Explore Middle East Fiction


The Librarian of Basra   Jeanette Winter 

Children's Explore Middle East Fiction


The Glass Castle   Jeannette Walls 

Biographies of Journalists


Symptoms of Being Human   Jeff Garvin 

Teen & YA Fiction about Bullying


Bone (series)   Jeff Smith 

Fantasy Graphic Novels


Class Act   Jerry Craft 

Children's Prejudice & Racism Books


New Kid   Jerry Craft 

Children's Prejudice & Racism Books


Salvage the Bones   Jesmyn Ward 

Black & African American


Me and Earl and the Dying Girl   Jesse Andrews 

Teen & YA Fiction about Death


Ghost Boys   Jewell Parker Rhodes 

Children's Black & African American/Violence


A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo   Jill Twiss 

Children's LGBTQ+


Harry Potter (series)   JK Rowling 



Nineteen Minutes   Jodi Picoult 

Legal Thrillers/School Shooting


Looking for Alaska   John Green 

Teen & YA Fiction about Death


Of Mice and Men   John Steinbeck 

Classic/Psychological Literary Fiction


The Grapes of Wrath   John Steinbeck 

Classic Historical Fiction


So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed   Jon Ronson 

Nonfiction/Medical Psychology History


Lawn Boy   Jonathan Evison 

Social class distinctions/cultural discrimination


Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close   Jonathan Safran Foer 

Teen & YA Fiction Classic Literature


Catch 22   Joseph Heller 

Literary Satire Fiction/Dark Humor


Skippyjon Jones (series)   Judith Schachner 

Children's Imagination & Play Fiction


Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret?   Judy Blume 

Children's Jewish Fiction Books


Forever…   Judy Blume 

Teen & YA Fiction about New Experiences


By the Time You Read This I’ll Be Dead   Julie Anne Peters 

Teen & YA Fiction about Suicide


This Book is Gay   Juno Dawson 

young adult non-fiction book on sexuality & gender


And Tango Makes Three   Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell 

nontraditional family/adoption


King and the Dragonflies   Kacen Callender 

Children's LGBTQ+


Two Can Keep a Secret   Karen M McManus 

YA Thriller


Awakening   Kate Chopin 

Religious Fiction Anthologies


Bridge to Terabithia   Katherine Paterson 

Children's on Death, Grief & Bereavement

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest   Ken Kesey

Medical Fiction/Mental Health

The Kite Runner   Khaled Hosseini 

Asian American Literature


The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein   Kiersten White 

Teen & YA Monster


Slaughterhouse-Five   Kurt Vonnegut 

Literary Satire Fiction


Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts)   L.C. Rosen 

Teen & YA Fiction LGBTQ+ Romance


It’s a Book   Lane Smith 

Children’s Books about Libraries & Reading


Internet Girls (series)   Lauren Myracle 



Before I Fall   Lauren Oliver 

Teen & YA Fiction about Death


Broken Things   Lauren Oliver 

Teen & YA Fiction about Death


Speak   Laurie Halse Anderson 

Teen & YA about Physical & Emotional Abuse


You Should See Me In a Crown   Leah Johnson 

Teen & YA Fiction LGBTQ+


Heather Has Two Mommies   Lesléa Newman 

Children's LGBTQ+ Families


Go With the Flow   Lily Williams and Karen Schneemann 

female empowerment, & women's health


Fade   Lisa McMann 

Teen & YA Fiction Dating/Sex/Mystery


A Good Kind of Trouble   Lisa Moore Ramée 

Children's Black & African American


The Giver   Lois Lowry 

Children's/YA Dystopian Sci-Fi


On the Bright Side, I'm Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God  Louise Rennison   

Teen & YA Fiction Dating/Sex


Madeline and the Gypsies   Ludwig Bemelmans 

Children's Performing Arts Books


Feed   M.T. Anderson 

Teen & YA Sci-fi


A Wrinkle in Time   Madeleine L'Engle 

Children's Time Travel


House of Furies   Madeleine Roux 

creepy fantasy


Gender Queer   Maia Kobabe 

LGBTQ/Memoir/Graphic Novel


Last Night at the Telegraph Club   Malinda Lo 

Teen & YA Fiction LGBTQ+ Romance


The Handmaid's Tale   Margaret Atwood 



Gone with the Wind   Margaret Mitchell 

Civil War/Romance


For Black Girls Like Me   Mariama J Lockington 

Children's Diversity & Multicultural


This One Summer   Mariko Tamaki 

Teen & YA Comics & Graphic Novels


Fairest: The Lunar Chronicles: Levana’s Story   Marissa Meyer 

Teen & YA Sci-fi


Persepolis   Marjane Satrapi 

Biographies & History Graphic Novels


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Mark Haddon 

Coming of Age Fiction


The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn   Mark Twain   

Classic Action & Adventure


The Adventures of Tom Sawyer   Mark Twain   

Classic Action & Adventure


When Wilma Rudolph Played Basketball   Mark Weakland   

Children's Sports Biographies


I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings   Maya Angelou 



Weird Girl and What's His Name   Meagan Brothers 

Teen & YA Runaways


Queer: A Graphic History   Meg-John Barker and Julie Scheele 

LGBTQ Studies


On Thin Ice   Michael Northrop 

Children's about Disability


Suicide Notes   Michael Thomas Ford 

Teen & YA Fiction about Suicide


Whatever   Michel Houellebecq 

Humorous Literary Fiction


Flamer   Mike Curato 

YA Coming of Age Comics & Graphic Novels


Zenobia   Morten Durr 

Children's Comics & Graphic Novels/Death & Dying


Lush   Natasha Friend 

Teen & YA Substance Abuse Fiction


The Scarlet Letter   Nathaniel Hawthorne 



Bad Kitty (series)   Nick Bruel 

Children's Cat books


Ender's Game   Orson Scott Card 

Genetic Engineering Sci-Fi/


House of Night (series)   P.C. Cast 

Teen & YA Contemporary Fantasy/Vampires


In Our Mothers’ House   Patricia Polacco 

Children's LGBTQ+ Families


Story of O   Pauline Réage 

BDSM Erotica


Alice McKinley (series)   Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Children's Emotions Books


White Bird: A Wonder Story   R.J. Palacio  

Children's Holocaust Fiction Books


Goosebumps (series)   R.L. Stine

YA, Monsters


The Every Body Book: The LGBTQ+ Inclusive Guide for Kids about Sex, Gender, Bodies, and Families   Rachel E Simon   Children's Sexuality Books (Nonfiction)


Drama  Raina Telgemeier 

Comics & Graphic Novels


Eleanor & Park  Rainbow Rowell 

Teen & YA Fiction Dating/Sex


Native Son  Richard Wright 

Black & African American Literary Fiction


James and the Giant Peach  Roald Dahl 

Classic/Children's Humorous Action & Adventure


The Chocolate War (series)  Robert Cormier 

Teen & YA  about Peer Pressure


The Walking Dead  Robert Kirkman 



It’s Perfectly Normal  Robie H. Harris 

Sex, Gender, & Sexual Health


Bless Me, Ultima  Rudolfo Anaya 

Teen & YA Magical Realism Fiction


Milk and Honey  Rupi Kaur 



Between Shades of Gray  Ruta Sepetys 

Teen & YA Holocaust Historical Fiction


The Outsiders  S.E. Hinton 

Teen & YA Social Issues/Violence


The Satanic Verses  Salman Rushdie 

Literary Satire Fiction


The House on Mango Street  Sandra Cisneros 

Hispanic American Literature


Push  Sapphire 

Black & African American Women's Fiction


Water for elephants: a novel  Sara Gruen 

20th Century Historical Romance


Jacob's New Dress  Sarah Hoffman 

Children's Transgender/LGBTQ+


A Court of Frost and Starlight  Sarah J Maas 

Mythology & Folk Tales


Uncle Bobby’s Wedding  Sarah S Brannen 

Children's LGBTQ+ Families


Women Without Men  Shahrnush Parsipur 

Metaphysical & Visionary Fiction


We Are the Ants  Shaun David Hutchinson 

Teen & YA about Depression & Mental Illness


A Light in the Attic  Shel Silverstein 

Children's Poetry


The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian  Sherman Alexie 

Teen & YA Native American Fiction


What My Mother Doesn't Know  Sonya Sones 

Teen & YA Poetry


The Perks of Being a Wallflower  Stephen Chbosky 

Teen & YA Fiction LGBTQ+


Twilight Saga Collection  Stephenie Meyer 

Teen & YA Vampire Fiction/Horror


Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out  Susan Kuklin 



The Kingdom of Little Wounds  Susann Cokal 

Teen & YA Fairy Tale & Folklore


Hunger Games  Suzanne Collins 

Children's Dystopian Sci-Fi Books


Beka Cooper (series)  Tamora Pierce 

YA Fantasy/Magic


A Bad Boy Can Be Good For A Girl  Tanya Lee Stone 

Teen & YA Fiction Dating/Sex


Freedom Writers Diary  The Freedom Writers 

Multicultural Education Methods


Be Gay Do Comics  The Nib 

LGBTQ+ Graphic Novels


Five, Six, Seven Nate  Tim Federle 

Teen & YA Theater Fiction


Better Nate Than Ever  Tim Federle 

Teen & YA Theater Fiction


The Things They Carried  Tim O'Brien 

Classic Fiction Anthologies & Collections


The Family Book  Todd Parr 

Children's Blended Families Books


The Color of Earth  Dong Hwa Kim   

Teen & YA Fiction Historical Romance


Beloved  Toni Morrison 

Black & African American Literary Fiction


The Bluest Eye  Toni Morrison 

Black & African American Literary Fiction


Lolita  Vladimir Nabokov 

Coming of Age Fiction


Bloods: Black Veterans of the Vietnam War: An Oral History 

Wallace Terry  African American/Vietnam


Leaves of Grass   Walt Whitman 

Classic Literature/Poetry


Malcolm X:  Any Mean's Necessary   Walter Dean Myers   

Teen & YA Social Activists Biography


Fallen Angels  Walter Dean Myers 


Monster  Walter Dean Myers



Naked lunch  William S. Burroughs 

Relationship of art and obscenity


Twelfth Night  William Shakespeare 



So Far from the Bamboo Grove  Yoko Kawashima Watkins 

Children's Homelessness & Poverty Books


Their Eyes were Watching God  Zora Neale Hurston 

Black & African American Literary Fiction


Little Birds  Anaïs Nin 



The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks  Rebecca Skloot 

Cell Biology/Medical


The Living Bible  Tyndale House Publishers 

New Living Translation Christian Bibles


We Rise,  We Resist, we raise our voices  Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson   

Children's Black & African American Stories

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