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The current movement within the United States to ban books from shelves is unprecedented in scope. Simon & Schuster stands against censorship in all its forms and supports authors, librarians, educators and booksellers who work to defend and expand access to books for all. Never has the fight to protect the freedom to read been more urgent or more critical. We stand with and support organizations including NCAC, ABFE, PEN America and the ALA in their efforts.
These books—and many others—have been targeted for removal from bookshelves around the nation.

Picture Books Recently Banned or Challenged

"Having the freedom to read and the freedom to choose is one of the best gifts my parents ever gave me."
–Judy Blume

Middle Grade Recently Banned or Challenged

“If you don’t want your child to read a particular book, that’s your choice. But please don’t attempt to dictate such choices for the rest of us.”
—E. R. Frank
“Censorship is the Child of Fear and the Father of Ignorance.”
—Laurie Halse Anderson
“Books bridge divides between people. Book bans create them.” —Jodi Picoult
"Yes, books are dangerous. They should be dangerous–they contain ideas."
–Pete Hautman
“Read whatever they’re trying to keep out of your eyes and your brain, because that’s exactly what you need to know.” 
Stephen King
"Banning books gives us silence when we need speech. It closes our ears when we need to listen. It makes us blind when we need sight." 
–Stephen Chbosky