Frequently Challenged and Banned Books for Kids and Teens
At one time or another, all the books on this list have been challenged by individuals or groups seeking to have them removed from libraries or classrooms, according to the American Library Association. And more are being challenged every day. Yet many of these books are now considered classics and are assigned as required reading. Banned books often deal with subjects that are realistic, timely, and topical. Young people deserve to see their experiences, identities, and communities reflected in the books they read. Life complexities shouldn't be kept from children and teens; books can be used as tools to help them talk with adults about their developing values and opinions. Whether your kids have read one, some, or none of these books, it's great to discuss the idea of controversial or banned books as a family. Parents, ask your kids whether they're surprised to see any of these books on the list. What do they think makes these books so hotly debated? For more books that promote conversation and action, try these Books to Inspire Young Activists and Award Winning Books.