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Celebrate the Freedom to Read (Kids)

Exercise your freedom to read with these frequently challenged or banned youth books. Banned books have been removed from a library because of objections to its content. Challenged books have been subject to attempts to see library materials removed or restricted. Learn more at ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks.

James and the giant peach by Roald Dahl

A young boy escapes from two wicked aunts and embarks on a series of adventures with six giant insects he meets inside a giant peach

Drama by Raina Telgemeier

Callie rides an emotional roller coaster while serving on the stage crew for a middle school production of Moon over Mississippi as various relationships start and end, and others never quite get going

And Tango makes three by Justin Richardson

At New York City's Central Park Zoo, two male penguins fall in love and start a family by taking turns sitting on an abandoned egg until it hatches

A light in the attic by Shel Silverstein

A collection of humorous poems and drawings

The adventures of Captain Underpants. Color edition by Dav Pilkey

When George and Harold hypnotize their principal into thinking that he is the superhero Captain Underpants, he leads them to the lair of the nefarious Dr. Diaper, where they must defeat his evil robot henchmen.

Harry Potter and the sorcerer's stone by J Rowling

Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches

Harriet the spy by Louise Fitzhugh

Eleven-year-old Harriet keeps notes on her classmates and neighbors in a secret notebook, but when some of the students read the notebook, they seek revenge

The Watsons go to Birmingham--1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis

The ordinary interactions and everyday routines of the Watsons, an African American family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they go to visit Grandma in Alabama in the summer of 1963

Hop on Pop by Dr Seuss

The story of Ferdinand; by Munro Leaf

A humorous account in picture and story of a young Spanish bull's astonishing behavior. Grades 1-4

It's a book by Lane Smith

A donkey is curious about the book a monkey is reading, and wonders why it does not text, tweet, scroll, or blog, and why monkey enjoys the book so much even though it cannot do any of these things.

The snowy day by Ezra Jack Keats

The adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy day

Where the wild things are by Maurice Sendak

Max is the hero of this beloved children's classic in which he makes mischief, sails away, tames the wild things and returns home for supper

The family book by Todd Parr

Represents a variety of families, some big and some small, some with only one parent and some with two moms or dads, some quiet and some noisy, but all alike in some ways and special no matter what.

The Lorax, by Dr Seuss

The Once-ler describes the results of the local pollution problem

The paper bag princess by Robert N Munsch

Tells how the princess outwits the dragon which had burned down her castle and burned up her clothes, leaving her with only a paper bag to wear

The giving tree by Shel Silverstein

A young boy grows to manhood and old age experiencing the love and generosity of a tree which gives to him without thought of return

Strega Nona : an old tale by Tomie DePaola

When Strega Nona leaves him alone with her magic pasta pot, Big Anthony is determined to show the townspeople how it works.

Something happened in our town : a child's story about racial injustice by Marianne Celano

After discussing the police shooting of a local Black man with their families, Emma and Josh know how to treat a new student who looks and speaks differently than his classmates.

New kid by Jerry Craft

After his parents send him to a prestigious private school known for its academics, Jordan Banks finds himself torn between two worlds.

Antiracist baby by Ibram X Kendi

Illustrations and rhyming text present nine steps Antiracist Baby can take to improve equity, such as opening our eyes to all skin colors and celebrating all our differences

I am Jazz! by Jessica Herthel

Presents the story of a transgender child who traces her early awareness that she is a girl in spite of male anatomy and the acceptance she finds through a wise doctor who explains her natural transgender status

The 1619 Project : born on the water by Nikole Hannah-Jones

A young student receives a family tree assignment in school, but she can only trace back three generations. Grandma gathers the whole family, and the student learns that 400 years ago, in 1619, their ancestors were stolen and brought to America by white slave traders. But before that, they had a home, a land, a language. She learns how the people said to be born on the water survived

A wrinkle in time trilogy by Madeleine L'Engle

Meg and Charles Wallace Murry, along with their friend Calvin O'Keefe, set off on a series of adventures in which they try to rescue Meg and Charles Wallace's father from the Dark Thing, travel inside Charles Wallace's body, and stop a nuclear war.

The librarian of Basra : a true story from Iraq by Jeanette Winter

Nasreen's secret school : a true story from Afghanistan by Jeanette Winter

Based on a true story. After her parents are taken away by the Taliban, young Nasreen stops speaking. But as she spends time in a secret school, she slowly breaks out of her shell.

Alma and how she got her name by Juana Martinez-Neal

When Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela asks her father why she has so many names, she hears the story of her name and learns about her grandparents.

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

The life of a ten-year-old boy in rural Virginia expands when he becomes friends with a newcomer who subsequently meets an untimely death trying to reach their hideaway, Terabithia, during a storm

Junie B. Jones and the stupid smelly bus by Barbara Park

In her own words, a young girl describes her feelings about starting kindergarten and what she does when she decides not to ride the bus home
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