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Ten Books About Censorship For Kids & Teens

09/18/2011 11:37 am ET | Updated Nov 18, 2011
  • Rocco Staino Contributing Editor for School Library Journal is also the Director of the Empire State Center for the Book andis the host of StoryMakers on KidLit.TV

The annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment, Banned Book Week is September 24th -- October 1st. Each year the list of frequently challenged books is highlighted and this year the American Library Association is encouraging people to participate in a Virtual Read-Out.

Despite the high visibility of the event, there are few stories for kids and young adults with censorship as the theme. To help celebrate Banned Book Week I have compiled a list of 10 books that deal with censorship in various areas.

Most of the books in the list date back to the 1980s & '90s with several of them out-of-print. Although there may be a dearth of books on the topic, I am happy to say that First Second Books has recently published Americus, a graphic novel, about taking a stand on censorship. The best is that is also available online at saveapathea.com just in time for Banned Book Week.

10 Books for Youth About Censorship