Grateful American® Foundation

Banned Books Week
September 26 – October 2, 2021

The annual event celebrates the freedom to read, draws attention to banned and challenged books, and highlights persecuted individuals.

September 26, 2021

These books—and many others—have been targeted for removal from bookshelves around the nation.


All American Boys By Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
#3 on the American Library Association’s 2020 Top 10 Most Challenged Books List
Two teens—one black, one white—grapple with the repercussions of a single violent act that leaves their school, their community, and, ultimately, the country bitterly divided by racial tension.

Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury
Ray Bradbury’s internationally acclaimed novel is a masterwork of 20th-century literature set in a bleak, dystopian future.

Catch-22 By Joseph Heller
Fifty years after its original publication, Catch-22 remains a cornerstone of American literature and one of the funniest—and most celebrated—books of all time.

The Glass Castle By Jeannette Walls
A remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant.


Wolf Boys by Dan Slater
The story of two American teens recruited as killers for a Mexican cartel, and their pursuit by a Mexican American detective who realizes the War on Drugs is unwinnable.


Nasreen’s Secret School by Jeanette Winter
Based on a true story from Afghanistan, this inspiring book will touch readers deeply as it affirms both the life-changing power of education and the healing power of love.

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
Illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi

Celebrate the legacy of the bestselling and iconic Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. with this special edition, featuring a deluxe faux-leather embossed cover that looks and feels as vibrant as the story within.

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