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Children's Literature

Find information about the CSULB University Library's Children's Collection as well as information about children's literature in general.

Banned and Challenged Books

"A book worth banning is a book worth reading"

Everyday books are still being challenged and removed from shelves, libraries, classrooms and reading lists across the USA. Challenged and removed books mean that somewhere a child can no longer access that book.  Challenged books nearly always include content about marginalized groups. Removal of these books remove a child's sense of inclusion and belonging.

This is a direct attack on our intellectual freedoms, and yes, kids have those rights too. 

Organizations fighting book challenges

Current state of the USA (Learn more about Banned Books):

Ways to fight back

Facing Challenges (how can we respond?):

Banned Books in the CSULB Library

See all of the books listed on ALA's top 100 lists currently available in the CSULB Library:

Talking to Kids about Banned Books

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Top 10 Most Challenged Books 2023

Top (13) Most Challenged Books 2022

ALA Censorship Infographic 2022

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Banned and Challenged Picture Books

And Tango Makes Three

Where the Wild Things Are

Crown: An Ode to a Fresh Cut

Trombone Shorty

The Lorax

Strega Nona

This Day in June

We Are All Born Free

Banned and Challenged Children's Fiction

Bridge to Terabithia

The Fighting Ground

The Devil's Storybook

The Indian in the Cupboard

The House on Mango Street

The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby (Series)

A Wrinkle in Time

Then Again, Maybe I Won't

Banned and Challenged Children's Nonfiction

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Gender Queer: a Memoir

Most challenged book 2021

Asking about Sex and Growing Up

It's So Amazing!

100 Questions and Answers about AIDS

How Babies Are Made

The Upstairs Room