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Alameda County Library

Banned Books: Children's and Teen's Books

Banned Book Week lists challenged or banned books.

Good Intentions?

Read Banned Books

The most challenged and/or restricted reading materials have been books for children.  However, challenges are not simply an expression of a point of view; on the contrary, they are an attempt to remove materials from public use, thereby restricting the access of others.

Even if the motivation to ban or challenge a book is well intentioned, the outcome is detrimental. Censorship denies our freedom as individuals to choose and think for ourselves.

For children, decisions about what books to read should be made by the people who know them best—their parents!


10 Banned Children's Books

Challenged Books for Children

Titles challenged or banned in the last 3 years.

Challenged Books for Teens

Listen to a Banned Book

Titles challenged or banned in the last 3 years.