25 Awesome Quotes From Banned and Challenged Books

Every year, the reading community celebrates banned and challenged books with Banned Books Week. We decided to dig a little deeper into this huge list—seriously, more than 10,000 have been challenged since 1982—and pull together some of our favorite quotes […]

Every year, the reading community celebrates banned and challenged books with Banned Books Week. We decided to dig a little deeper into this huge list—seriously, more than 10,000 have been challenged since 1982—and pull together some of our favorite quotes from these books. 

If you’re a reader, then chances are you’ve read a lot of these. Many will likely even leave you scratching your head, wondering why it got banned in the first place. But one thing is certain—there are some pretty amazing titles on this list. They’ve shaped us, challenged us, and taught us some very valuable lessons. And in the wise words of the great Dr. Seuss, these are some pretty great things: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

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1. Beloved by Toni Morrison

 kite

2. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

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3. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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4. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

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5. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

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6.  Holes by Louis Sachar

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7. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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8. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

 1984

9. 1984 by George Orwell

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10. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

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11. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

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12. The Call of the Wild by Jack London

 jungle

13. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

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14. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

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15. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

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16. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

 catcradle

17. Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

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18. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

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19. The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley and Malcolm X

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20. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

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21. The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

 hungergames

22. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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23. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

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24. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

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25. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky 

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Stacy Tornio

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Stacy Tornio is a senior editor with WeAreTeachers. Nearly everyone in her family is a teacher. So she decided to be rebellious and write about teachers instead.

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