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Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us.

MMSD Celebrates Banned Books Week

Schools across MMSD are celebrating Banned Books Week Sept. 18-24 to highlight the value of free and open access to information. With nationwide attempts to restrict access to books, the American Library Association’s annual Banned Books Week draws attention to the harms of censorship. The theme of this year’s event is “Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us.” Each spring, the Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) compiles a list of the Top 10 Most Challenged Books to inform the public about censorship in libraries and schools.

Library Media Tech Specialists throughout MMSD shared their Banned Book recommendations for students at all reading levels:

Elementary School

  • “And Tango Makes Three” by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

  • “Prince and Knight” by Daniel Haak

  • “A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo” by Jill Twiss and Marlon Bundo

  • “Something Happened in Our Town” by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, and Ann Hazzard

  • “The Adventures of Esther the Wonder Pig” by Steve Jenkins

  • “Uncle Bobby’s Wedding” by Sarah S. Brannen

  • “A is for Activist” by Innosanto Nagara


Middle School

  • “George” by Alex Gino

  • “The Amulet of Samarkand” by Jonathan Stroud

  • “New Kid” by Jerry Craft

  • “The Diary of Anne Frank” by Anne Frank

  • “Maus” by Art Spiegelman

  • “Lawn Boy” by Gary Paulsen

  • “Flamer” by Mike Curato

  • “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” by Alvin Schwartz


High School

  • “Gender Queer” by Maia Kobabe

  • “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas

  • “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison

  • “Looking for Alaska by John Green

  • “The Absolutely” True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

  • “The Glass Castle: A Memoir” by Jeanette Walls

  • “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood

  • “Beyond Magenta” by Susan Kuklin

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