Banned Books


Celebrate the Freedom to Read
Banned Books Week October 1-7


The American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom is celebrating our right to read any book we want through Banned Books Week October 1-7, 2023. This year’s theme is “Let Freedom Read.” We recognize Banned Books Week to remind ourselves that a miniscule, hyperactive minority cannot dictate whether a story should be written, published, or placed on a bookshelf. We celebrate to remind ourselves that stories from all walks of life, all lifestyles, all countries and time periods, and all lived experiences enhance, not harm, our understanding of the human condition. We urge you to cherish the accessibility of books for everyone, no matter their age, status, or class, and the great opportunity it is to learn from a variety of other human experiences.  We encourage everyone to consider the impact of censorship on human experience and understanding, and to raise your voice against banning books. Below is a list of recommended ways that you can take action during Banned Books Week and all year long:

  • Use the hashtags #bannedbooksweek and #letfreedomread on Instagram to declare your Freedom to Read.
  • Post a photo or video of you reading one of your favorite banned books.
  • Read more about the efforts to ban books here.
  • Stock up on awesome Banned Books Week materials (free downloads are available here and show off your Banned Books Week spirit.)
  • Reach out to our local media with a Letter to the Editor on behalf of the freedom to read. (An example advocating for reading banned books is available to get you started.)
  • Stand up to censorship by reporting challenges made to books to the Office for Intellectual Freedom.
  • Learn more about the top 13 most challenged books of 2022.
  • Participate in the Banned Books Lit Trivia Night on Sept 30 at 5:30 p.m. at Roundabout Books to test your knowledge of Banned Books and have a bit of fun too. Sign up here.
  • Read a Banned Book! Pick one up at a local Indie bookstore or at the Deschutes County Library.


The Top 13 Most Challenged Books of 2022 are listed below.

Gender Queer: A Memoir By Maia Kobabe Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781549304002
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Oni Press - May 28th, 2019

All Boys Aren't Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto By George M. Johnson Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780374312718
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - April 28th, 2020

The Bluest Eye (Vintage International) By Toni Morrison Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307278449
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - May 8th, 2007

Flamer By Mike Curato, Mike Curato (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Mike Curato, Mike Curato (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250756145
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Henry Holt and Co. BYR Paperbacks - September 1st, 2020

Looking for Alaska By John Green Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780142402511
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - December 28th, 2006

The Perks of Being a Wallflower By Stephen Chbosky Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780671027346
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: MTV Books - February 1st, 1999

Lawn Boy By Jonathan Evison Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781616209230
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Algonquin Books - March 19th, 2019

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (National Book Award Winner) By Sherman Alexie Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316013697
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 1st, 2009

Out of Darkness By Ashley Hope Pérez Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780823445035
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Holiday House - September 10th, 2019

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) By Sarah J. Maas Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9781635575583
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - June 2nd, 2020

Crank (The Crank Trilogy) By Ellen Hopkins Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781442471818
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - August 6th, 2013

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Revised Edition) By Jesse Andrews Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781419719608
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Amulet Books - April 21st, 2015

This Book Is Gay By Juno Dawson, David Levithan (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Juno Dawson, David Levithan (Introduction by)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781728254326
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Sourcebooks Fire - September 7th, 2021