Book Lists

Browse curated book lists that we’ve put together just for you! These change seasonally or based on current events. You can also find books for our book groups here, as well as further reading.

American Library Association list of most challenged books in 2018

Every year, in honor of National Library Week (April 7-13, 2019), ALA publishes their list of the books that were most often challenged or banned in the past year. Here’s the list with links to our catalog for your banned book reading pleasure!

Cover image for Captain Underpants
Reasons: series was challenged because it was perceived as encouraging disruptive behavior, while Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot was challenged for including a same-sex couple
Cover image for Drama
Reasons: banned and challenged for including LGBTQIA+ characters and themes
Cover image of George
Reasons: banned, challenged, and relocated because it was believed to encourage children to clear browser history and change their bodies using hormones, and for mentioning “dirty magazines,” describing male anatomy, “creating confusion,” and including a transgender character
Cover image of Marlon Bundo
Reasons: banned and challenged for including LGBTQIA+ content, and for political and religious viewpoints
Cover image of Skippyjon Jones
Reason: challenged for depicting stereotypes of Mexican culture
Cover image of Part-Time Indian
Reasons: banned and challenged for sexual references, profanity, violence, gambling, and underage drinking, and for its religious viewpoint
Cover image of The Hate U Give
Reasons: banned and challenged because it was deemed “anti-cop,” and for profanity, drug use, and sexual references
Cover image of Thirteen Reasons Why
Reasons: banned, challenged, and restricted for addressing teen suicide
Cover image of This Day in June
Reason: challenged and burned for including LGBTQIA+ content
Cover image of This One Summer
Reasons: banned and challenged for profanity, sexual references, and certain illustrations
Cover image of Two Boys Kissing
Reason: challenged and burned for including LGBTQIA+ content


Global Forum Book Group

Further Reading – Wihtout You, There is No Us

Further Reading – My Promised Land

Further Reading – All the Shah’s Men

Further Reading – I Was Told to Come Alone

Further Reading – The Other Side of Paradise

Further Reading – Country Driving

Further Reading – The New Odyssey

Further Reading – The big Truck that Went By

Further Reading- The Sixth Extinction

Further Reading – Born a Crime

Further Reading – All the Kremlin’s Men

TED Talks

TED Talks – Climate Change

TED Talks – Future of Medicine

TED Talks – Future of Medicine

TED Talks Further – Culture and Stories

TED Talks Further – Mars

TED Talks Further – Will Robots Replace Us

TED Talks Further – War and Peace