Banned Books

A banned book is one that has been removed from the shelves of a library, bookstore, or classroom because of its controversial content. In some cases, banned books of the past have been burned and/or refused publication. Possession of banned books has at times been regarded as an act of treason or heresy, which was punishable by death, torture, prison time, or other acts of retribution.

Since there is a large number of banned books, some publishers have specialized in them.

Books are still banned in the 2010s. Nowhere in the world can everything be published, although the prohibitions vary str

Lawn Boy
Attack of the Black Rectangles
A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo
Grey Bees
Different Kinds of Fruit
Banned Books: The World's Most Controversial Books, Past and Present (DK Secret Histories)
Suggested Reading
Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag
Something Happened in Our Town: A Child's Story About Racial Injustice (Something Happened Series)
A Dog Named Haku: A Holiday Story from Nepal
All the Things We Do in the Dark
It's Okay to Be a Unicorn!
Sing a Song: How "Lift Every Voice and Sing" Inspired Generations
Property of the Rebel Librarian
The 5 O'Clock Band
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Catcher in the Rye
The Handmaid’s Tale (The Handmaid's Tale, #1)
Fahrenheit 451
Of Mice and Men
Brave New World
Lord of the Flies
Animal Farm
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
The Color Purple
The Bluest Eye
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne FrankThe Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. TolkienSummer of '69 by Todd StrasserHarry Potter Series Box Set by J.K. RowlingTo Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Books that Should Not be Banned
43 books — 74 voters
1984 by George OrwellFahrenheit 451 by Ray BradburySummer of '69 by Todd StrasserBrave New World by Aldous HuxleyThe Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Books for rebels
117 books — 81 voters

Anaïs Nin
The important task of literature is to free man, not to censor him, and that is why Puritanism was the most destructive and evil force which ever oppressed people and their literature: it created hypocrisy, perversion, fears, sterility.
Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 4: 1944-1947

Stephen King
If there's one American belief I hold above all others, it's that those who would set themselves up in judgment on matters of what is "right" and what is "best" should be given no rest; that they should have to defend their behavior most stringently. ... As a nation, we've been through too many fights to preserve our rights of free thought to let them go just because some prude with a highlighter doesn't approve of them." [Bangor Daily News, Guest Column of March 20, 1992] ...more
Stephen King

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