You might be surprised what beloved books been challenged.

By Elizabeth Sile
September 27, 2017

It’s Banned Books Week, the American Library Association’s (ALA) annual celebration of the freedom to read without censorship or restriction. Since 1982, the ALA, along with booksellers, teachers, publishers, and readers have come together to highlight books that have been frequently challenged and restricted in classrooms, stores, and libraries across the country.

Ahead of the week’s events, the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom released its annual list of the 10 most frequently challenged books from the previous year, 2016, including the popular graphic novel This One Summer written by Mariko Tamaki ($14;, the children’s book I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings ($14;, and John Green’s YA book Looking for Alaska ($12;

While new books are challenged and banned every year, some of our all-time favorites have been caught up in controversy, too. See if you’ve read these six popular books that have faced censorship attempts (and see the ALA’s full lists of banned books here).

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