There have been so many banned and challenged books over the decades that it’s hard to choose favorites. But I was able to narrow it down to my five favorite banned dystopian novels (dystopians specifically because I love them). Keep reading to learn more about banned books and discover my top picks!
Banned vs. Challenged vs. Retained
What does it actually mean for a book to be banned? Books that have been banned are items that were challenged and removed from a library collection or a school curriculum. When an item is challenged, someone tried to have it banned from a library collection or a school curriculum (source). If an item was not successfully banned, it is then considered retained and not removed from the library or the school curriculum (source).
The list of banned items is vast, and many books on the list might surprise you! For example, the children’s book And Tango Makes Three, a story about two male penguins at New York City’s Central Park Zoo who started a family by taking turns sitting on an abandoned egg until it hatched.