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Banned Books Week: 2022

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Banned Books Week 2022

Banned Books Week 2022 will be held September 18 – 24.

The theme of this year’s event is “Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us.”

Banned Books Week 2022 poster

Books Unite Us Censorship Divides us poster

Book Banning on the Rise

Banned or Challenged Books

The Hate U Give

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

The Bluest Eye

BANNED FOR: sexual material, profanity, and age-appropriateness

Beyond Magenta: transgender teens speak out

A  2015 Stonewall Honor Book A groundbreaking work of LGBT literature takes an honest look at the life, love, and struggles of transgender teens. Author and photographer Susan Kuklin met and interviewed six transgender or gender-neutral young adults and used her considerable skills to represent them thoughtfully and respectfully before, during, and after their personal acknowledgment of gender preference. Portraits, family photographs, and candid images grace the pages, augmenting the emotional and physical journey each youth has taken. Each honest discussion and disclosure, whether joyful or heartbreaking, is completely different from the other because of family dynamics, living situations, gender , and the transition these teens make in recognition of their true selves.

Top Ten Challenged Books of the past year

The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom recorded more book challenges in 2021 than in any year since they began collecting data.

American Library Association. The State of America’s Libraries 2022: A Report from the American Library Association. 2022