Banned Books You Should Read

Today, as difficult as it can seem to believe, books are still banned for a myriad of reasons. This list looks at some of our favorite novels which, if censors had their way, would never have reached us. During Banned Book Week, we encourage you to explore the ALA's page on Banned Books Week and fall down the fascinating rabbit hole of would-be and can't-believe-it censorship.

Looking for Alaska Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780142402511
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Published: Penguin Books - December 28th, 2006

NOW A HULU ORIGINAL SERIES!

The award-winning, genre-defining debut from John Green, the #1 bestselling author of Turtles All the Way Down and The Fault in Our Stars


Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (Pantheon Graphic Library) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780375714573
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Published: Pantheon - June 1st, 2004

A New York Times Notable Book
A Time Magazine “Best Comix of the Year”
A San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times Best-seller

Wise, funny, and heartbreaking, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s graphic memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution.


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Cover Image
By J.K. Rowling, Brian Selznick (Illustrator), Mary GrandPré (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338299144
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - June 26th, 2018

A special new edition in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, with a stunning new cover illustration by Caldecott Medalist Brian Selznick.

Harry Potter has never been the star of a Quidditch team, scoring points while riding a broom far above the ground.


The Bluest Eye (Vintage International) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780307278449
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Published: Vintage - May 8th, 2007

New York Times Bestseller


And Tango Makes Three Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780689878459
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - June 1st, 2005

And Tango Makes Three is the bestselling, heartwarming true story of two penguins who create a nontraditional family.

At the penguin house at the Central Park Zoo, two penguins named Roy and Silo were a little bit different from the others. But their desire for a family was the same.


To Kill a Mockingbird Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780060935467
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - July 5th, 2005

Voted America's Best-Loved Novel in PBS's The Great American Read

Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep South—and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred


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The Kite Runner Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781594631931
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 5th, 2013

The #1 New York Times bestselling debut novel that introduced Khaled Hosseini to millions of readers the world over.
 


Slaughterhouse-Five (Modern Library 100 Best Novels) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780440180296
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Published: Dell - November 3rd, 1991

“A desperate, painfully honest attempt to confront the monstrous crimes of the twentieth century.”—Time
 
Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time