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"When I am dead I hope it may be said: 'His sins were Scarlet but his books were read.'"

-Hillaire Belloc

Banned Books Week is here again!  From September 23rd through 29th, we celebrate the freedom to read, and draw attention to the harms of censorship.  The 2018 theme is "Banning Books Silences Stories."

In the words of sometimes-banned author Jacqueline Woodson on book-banning, as published in The Washington Post:

"As a mom, as someone who wants to protect my children in any way that I can, I can kind of get inside the heads of people who are saying 'This is not okay,' only because they're fearful ... We, as adults, are the gatekeepers ... and we have to check our own fears at the door because we want our children to be smarter than we are.  We want them to be more fully human than we are."

Here are some books that have made a CLSC Young Readers list, that have also made recent lists for frequently challenged/banned books:

Brown Girl Dreaming Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399252518
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - August 28th, 2014

Esperanza Rising (Scholastic Gold) Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780439120425
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Press - May 1st, 2002

The Hate U Give Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062498533
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Balzer + Bray - February 28th, 2017

The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780440418320
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Yearling - May 22nd, 2001

To Kill a Mockingbird Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780446310789
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grand Central Publishing - October 11th, 1988

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Cover Image
By J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré (Illustrator)
$10.99
ISBN: 9780590353427
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - October 1st, 1999

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316013697
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 1st, 2009

Holes (Holes Series) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780440414803
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Yearling - May 9th, 2000

The House on Mango Street (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$11.95
ISBN: 9780679734772
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - April 3rd, 1991

The Giver (Giver Quartet #1) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780544336261
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - July 1st, 2014

The Fault in Our Stars Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780142424179
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - April 8th, 2014