Banned Books Week

September 27-October 3, 2020

Graphic of challenged books in 2019 by the ALA

What is Banned Books Week? 

According to the American Library Association, 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.

The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restricted in libraries and schools. 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.”

For more information about Banned Books Week, visit the American Library Association here.

Graphic of censorship in 2019 by the ALA

Interested in reading a banned book? Check out one of these books from Clarkson University Libraries!

List of banned books and the reason for banning or challenging obtained from the American Library Association.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher 
Challenged and banned in some school districts for discussing suicide. 
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini 
Call Number: 813.6 H829k

Challenged and banned in schools for sexual violence and the potential to lead to terrorism. 

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (Illustrator) 
Call Number: 741.5944 S253p

Challenged or banned for gambling, offensive language, political viewpoint, offensive content and graphic depictions.


The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison 
Call Number: 813.54 M882b

Challenged or ban for sexually explicit content and controversial issues. 

The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger 
Call Number: 813.54 S165c

Challenged or banned for offensive language and sexually explicit content.


The Color Purple by Alice Walker 
Call Number: 813.54 W177c

Challenged or banned for offensive language and sexually explicit content.

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman 
Call Number: 813.54 P982g

Challenged or banned for religious viewpoint. 


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling; Mary GrandPré (Illustrator) 
Call Number: 823.914 R884hs

Challenged or banned for occult and Satanic content. 


Used the + symbol to zoom in to look at the challenges in your area. Click on a blue balloon for specific information on a challenge. 

Originally from

Graphic of types of materials challenged in 2019 by ALA
Not in Front of the Children by Marjorie Heins 
Call Number: E-book
Censorship by Derek Jones (Editor) 
Call Number: 363.31 C396, 2001
All Good Books Are Catholic Books by Una M. Cadegan 
Call Number: E-book
Censorship by Lisa Orr (Editor) 
Call Number: 363.31 C396
Book Banning by Ronald D. Lankford (Editor) 
Call Number: E-book
Book Banning by Thomas Riggs (Editor) 
Call Number: E-book
Obscene in the Extreme by Rick Wartzman 
Call Number: E-book