Banned Book Week 2020

Banned Book Week: September 27-October 3, 2020

Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2019-2020

  1. George by Alex Gino
  2. Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin
  3. A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss
  4. Sex is a Funny Word by Cory Silverberg
  5. Prince & Knight by Daniel Haack
  6. I am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
  7. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  8. Drama by Raina Telgemeier
  9. The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
  10. And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson

General Information

Marshall University does not ban books! The information is provided to let people know what has been banned/challenged elsewhere.

From September 27 to October 3, 2020, the Marshall University Libraries will be observing Banned Book Week with a display in the Drinko Library and an updated website. The theme this year is “Censorship is a Dead End. Find Your Freedom to Read!”
Visit the website or stop by the display on the first floor of Drinko to see what has been challenged or banned over the past year. Contact Ron Titus at 696-6575 or with questions.

Banned Books Week (BBW) celebrates the freedom to choose and the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular, stressing the importance of ensuring the availability of those
viewpoints to all who wish to read them. It is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association, the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, the American Library Association (ALA), the Association of American Publishers,
the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the National Association of College Stores. It is endorsed by the Library of Congress’ Center for the Book.

Material for this page was obtained from the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom and Field Report 2019: Banned &
Challenged Books
by Robert P. Doyle.

On These Pages

A Banned book has been removed from a library, classroom, etc.
A Challenged book has been requested to be removed from a library, classroom, etc.

For additional information contact

Ron Titus,

Last updated

August 12, 2020