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Banned Books


Banned Books Week: Banning Books Silences Stories - Sept. 22 - 28 

By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. 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 a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read. Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community – librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types – in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

Read the CMU Library Blog post Banned Books Week by Aparna Zambare and Susan Powers

Be sure to checkout the Libraries display of Banned Books by the Checkout Desk.

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View Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009 

Stop by the Banned Book Display on the 2nd Floor by the Checkout Desk:

1984by George Orwell

ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle

A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess 

A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway 

A Separate Peace, by John Knowles 

All the King's Men, by Robert Penn Warren

An American Tragedy, by Theodore Dreiser

And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson and Petter Parnell

Animal Farm, by George Orwell 

As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner 

A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L'Engle

Bad Boys Can Be Good for A girl, by Tanya Lee Stone

Beloved, by Toni Morrison

Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out, by Susan Kuklin

Big Hard Sex Criminals. Volume one, by Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarsky

Black Boy, by Richard Wright

Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya

Bone (series), by Jeff Smith

Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley 

Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh 

Catch-22, by Joseph Heller 

Captain Underpants Series, by Day Pilkey

Cat's Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut

Drama, by Raina Telgemeier

Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell

Fahrenheit 45, by Ray Bradbury

Fifty Shades Of Grey, by E.L. James 

For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway 

Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel

George, by Alex Gin

Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell 

Go Tell it on the Mountain, by James Baldwin 

Habibi, by Craig Thompson

Harry Potter (Series), by J.K. Rowling

I Am Jazz, Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings

I know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou 

In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote 

Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison 

It's Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris

Lady Chatterley's Lover, by D.H. Lawrence 

Little Bill (series), by Bill Cosby

Lolita, by Vladmir Nabokov

Looking for Alaska, by John Green

Make Something Up: Stories You Can't Unread, by Chuck Palahniuk

Midnight's Children, by Salman Rushdie

Naked Lunch, by William S. Burroughs 

Nasreen's Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan, by Jeanette Winter

Native Son, by Richard Wright 

Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck 

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, by Ken Kesey

Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi

Rabbit, Run, by John Updike 

Saga, by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Satanic Verses, by Salman Rushdie

Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz 

Sex Is a Funny Word, by Cory Silverberg

Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut

Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison 

Sons and Lovers, by D.H. Lawrence 

Sophie's Choice, by William Styron 

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

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain 

The Awakening, by Kate Chopin 

The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison

The Call of the Wild, by Jack London 

The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger 

The Color of Earth (series), by Kim Dong Hwa

The Color Purple, by Alice Walker 

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

The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls

The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck 

The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas

The Holy Bible

The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins

Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston 

The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair 

The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini

The Naked and the Dead, by Norman Mailer 

To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee 

The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding 

The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien

The One Summer, by Mariko Tamaki

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky

The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway

A Stolen Life, by Jaycee Dugard

Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher  

Tropic of Cancer, by Henry Miller 

Two Boys Kissing, by David Levitha

Ulysses, by James Joyce 

Whale Talk, by Chris Crutcher

Women in Love, by D.H. Lawrence