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Literary Beacon: Banned Books/Freedom to Read

Let the Rowan-Cabarrus Library help you navigate the world of books. Want to read the latest thought-provoking non-fiction book? How about a light-hearted fiction book? Either way, the Library has you covered.

The American Library Association's (ALA) Banned Books Week 2021 - September 26-October 2

Logo for Banned Books Week

Look Who is Caught with a Banned or Challenged Book

Robin Luther with Beloved

Robin Luther with Beloved by Toni Morrison

Austin Keplinger with Harry Potter

Austin Keplinger with Harry Potter

Tucker and book

Tucker Robb (Laurie's Dog) and Dav Pilkey

Laurie Robb and the Handmaid's Tale

Laurie Robb and the Handmaid's Tale

Lori anderson with book

Lori Anderson with Looking for Alaska

Lisa Shores To Kill a Mockingbird

Lisa Shores with To Kill a Mockingbird

Tony Lippard and book

Tony Lippard and Harry Potter

Chip Gobble and Ender's Game

Chip Gobble and Ender's Game

Isabel with goosebumps

Isabel Folck with Goosebumps

Dana Ravo with book

Dana Ravo with Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Tim Hunter with book

Tim Hunter with Fellowship of the Ring

Heather with book

Heather Ervin with And Tango Makes Three

Kathi with book

Kathi Hissong with The Color Purple

Erika Barrier with book

Erika Barrier with 50 Shades

Caroll Hodgson

Caroll Hodgson with Ismael

Kaysha Wizzart

Kaysha Wizzart with The Glass Castle

Jeremiah Handlson

Jeremiah Handlon and The Bluest Eye

Zach Housel and Confederacy of Dunces

Zach Housel and Confederacy of Dunces

Amanda Shook and Animal Farm

Amanda Shook and Animal Farm

Jessica Duca with a book

Jessica Duca and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Mily Santiago Bautista

Mily Santiago Bautista with Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Chloe Rollins

Chloe Rollins with Looking for Alaska

Lacie Gilbert with the Hunger Games

Lacie Gilbert with the Hunger Games

Luis Valadez Noyola

Luis Valadez Noyola and Scary Stories

Get Caught Reading a Banned or Challenged Book

Enter our Get Caught Reading contest by sending a picture of yourself reading your favorite banned or challenged book. Pictures must be in good taste and emailed to laurie.robb@rccc.edu by October 1, 2021 from a Rowan-Cabarrus email account. Include your name and the name of the banned book. You will be featured on Banned Books resources from the Rowan-Cabarrus Library.

Entries will be randomly drawn for Amazon Gift Cards so snap your pic with a challenged or banned book. 

Freedom to Read Books at Rowan-Cabarrus

Fighting Censorship

Infographic from ALA

Lists of Challenged or Banned Books (or just learn more)

Top 10 Challenged Books of 2020 from the ALA

George by Alex Gino
Reasons: Challenged, banned, and restricted for LGBTQIA+ content, conflicting with a religious viewpoint, and not reflecting “the values of our community”

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds
Reasons: Banned and challenged because of author’s public statements, and because of claims that the book contains “selective storytelling incidents” and does not encompass racism against all people

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
Reasons: Banned and challenged for profanity, drug use, and alcoholism, and because it was thought to promote anti-police views, contain divisive topics, and be “too much of a sensitive matter right now”

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Reasons: Banned, challenged, and restricted because it was thought to contain a political viewpoint and it was claimed to be biased against male students, and for the novel’s inclusion of rape and profanity

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Reasons: Banned and challenged for profanity, sexual references, and allegations of sexual misconduct by the author

Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, and Ann Hazzard, illustrated by Jennifer Zivoin
Reasons: Challenged for “divisive language” and because it was thought to promote anti-police views

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Reasons: Banned and challenged for racial slurs and their negative effect on students, featuring a “white savior” character, and its perception of the Black experience

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Reasons: Banned and challenged for racial slurs and racist stereotypes, and their negative effect on students

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Reasons: Banned and challenged because it was considered sexually explicit and depicts child sexual abuse

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Reasons: Challenged for profanity, and it was thought to promote an anti-police message