Banned Books Week 2021

Did you know some of your favorite books have been banned or challenged? From children's favorites ( Dav Pilkey's Captain Underpants) to YA school assignments (The Hate U Give) to classics (The Call of the Wild and The Great Gatsby), librarians, school boards, and community officials have had to answer calls to take books off the shelf. In this era of social media, authors are sometimes hounded on line with threats and harrassment, often from people who haven't even read their books, but have followed viral videos or social media posts.

The first 10 books below were the most challenged books of the last year. The rest have been frequently challenged, often for years.

These challenges are not unfamiliar to Bainbridge Island authors. Former bookseller Mary Gleysteen recalls attending a school board meeting in Kitsap County where David Guterson's Snow Falling on Cedars was on the agenda. And, more recently, Jonathan Evision became the target for his book Lawn Boy, beginning with a post from a woman in Texas that want viral.

Take a look at the books below, and tell us what you think.

 

George (Scholastic Gold) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780545812573
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scholastic Inc. - April 25th, 2017

Stamped (For Kids): Racism, Antiracism, and You Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316167581
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 11th, 2021

All American Boys Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781481463348
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - August 29th, 2017

Speak Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780312674397
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Square Fish - May 10th, 2011

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316013697
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 1st, 2009

Something Happened in Our Town: A Child's Story about Racial Injustice Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781433828546
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Magination Press - March 1st, 2018

To Kill a Mockingbird Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780060935467
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - July 5th, 2005

Of Mice and Men Cover Image
$12.00
ISBN: 9780140177398
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - September 1st, 1993

The Bluest Eye (Vintage International) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780307278449
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - May 8th, 2007

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The Hate U Give Cover Image
By Angie Thomas, Nikki Giovanni (Foreword by)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062498533
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Balzer + Bray - February 28th, 2017

The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780440414124
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Yearling - September 8th, 1997

The Witches Cover Image
By Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780142410110
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Puffin Books - August 16th, 2007

Baseball Saved Us Cover Image
By Ken Mochizuki, Dom Lee (Illustrator)
$10.95
ISBN: 9781880000199
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Lee & Low Books - October 16th, 2018

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Lawn Boy Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781616209230
Availability: Backordered
Published: Algonquin Books - March 19th, 2019

Snow Falling on Cedars: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780679764021
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - September 26th, 1995

The Great Gatsby: The Only Authorized Edition Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780743273565
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scribner - September 30th, 2004

The Color Purple: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143135692
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - December 10th, 2019

The Call of the Wild, White Fang, and Other Stories Cover Image
By Jack London, Dr. Earle Labor (Introduction by), Kenneth K. Brandt (Editor), Kenneth K. Brandt (Notes by)
$10.00
ISBN: 9780140186512
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Classics - August 1st, 1993

The Lord of the Rings Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780618640157
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Mariner Books - October 12th, 2005

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The Handmaid's Tale: A Novel Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780385490818
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Anchor - March 16th, 1998

The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition Cover Image
By Anne Frank, Otto M. Frank (Editor), Mirjam Pressler (Editor), Susan Massotty (Translated by)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780553577129
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Bantam - February 3rd, 1997

This Book Is Gay Cover Image
By Juno Dawson, David Levithan (Introduction by)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781728254326
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Sourcebooks - September 1st, 2021

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The Fault in Our Stars Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780142424179
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - April 8th, 2014