Banned Books

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The books featured below have all been targeted for removal or restriction in libraries and schools based on the objections by a person or group. Some of these books, like Gender Queer, Beyond Magenta and All Boys Aren't Blue are banned in some Westchester school districts and may be restricted in other parts of the country. 

If you are interested in learning more check out the American Library Association's Banned Books Page.

The LOFT Library holds some of these titles!

If you'd like to check-out any books from our collection, stop by The LOFT Library weekdays between 10am to 6pm.


A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo

Meet Marlon Bundo, a lonely bunny who lives with his Grampa, the Vice President of the United States. But on this Very Special Day, Marlon's life is about to change forever...
By: Jill Twiss

Available at LOFT Library



Two Boys Kissing

Inspired by true events, Two Boys Kissing follows two 17-year-old boys who set out to break a Guinness World Record by kissing for 32 hours.

By: David Levithan

Available at LOFT Library




The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Set in the early 1990s, the novel follows Charlie, an introverted and observant child, through his freshman year of high school in a Pittsburgh suburb.

By: Stephen Chbosky

Available at LOFT Library


And Tango Makes Three

At the penguin house at the Central Park Zoo, two penguins named Roy and Silo were a little bit different from the others. But their desire for a family was the same.

By: Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson 

Available at LOFT Library



This Book Is Gay

A funny and pertinent book about being lesbian, bisexual, gay, queer, transgender or just curious - for everybody, no matter their gender or sexuality 

By: Juno Dawson

Available at LOFT Library



I Am Jazz

The story of a transgender child based on the real-life experience of Jazz Jennings, who has become a spokesperson for trans-kids everywhere. 


All Boys Aren't Blue

All Boy's Aren't Blue is Johnson's memoir-manifesto; designed to encourage queer black boys to uncrate the layers of their masculinity and radicalized existence.

By: George M. Johnson



Gender Queer: A Memoir

This memoir recounts Kobabe's journey from adolescence to adulthood and the author's exploration of gender identity and sexuality, ultimately identifying as being outside of the gender binary.

By: Maia Kobabe





The Hate U Give

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

By: Angie Thomas



Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out

A groundbreaking work of LGBT literature takes an honest look at the life, love, and struggles of transgender teens.

By: Susan Kuklin



Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

Fun Home chronicles the author's childhood and youth in rural Pennsylvania, United States, focusing on her complex relationship with her father. 

By: Alison Bechdel


This One Summer

It is a coming of age story about two teenage friends, Rose and Windy, during a summer in Awago, a small beach town. Rose and Windy discover themselves and their sexuality while battling family dynamics and mental disabilities.

By: Mariko Tamaki



This Day in June

This Day in June is a picture book which follows a family as they attend a pride parade. 

By: Gayle E. Pitman





It's Perfectly Normal

This children's book aims to inform preadolescent children of puberty by exploring different definitions of sex.

 By: Robie H. Harris



Lawn Boy

Lawn Boy is a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age novel that ells the story of Mike Muñoz, a young adult Mexican American who has faced hardship ever since his childhood and is now going through a phase of self-discovery. 

By: Jonathan Evison


Prince & Knight

In this modern fairy tale, a noble prince and a brave knight come together to defeat a terrible monster and in the process find true love in the most unexpected way. 

By: Daniel Haack




Drama is a graphic novel written by American cartoonist Raina Telgemeier which centers on the story of Callie, a middle school student and theater-lover who works in her school's drama production crew. 

By: Raina Telgemeier




George (Melissa)

This children's novel tells the story of Melissa, a fourth-grade girl who is struggling to be herself to the rest of the world. The rest of the world sees Melissa as George, a boy.

By: Alex Gino





Sex Is a Funny Word

A comic book for kids that includes children and families of all makeups, orientations, and gender identities, Sex Is a Funny Word is an essential resource about bodies, gender, and sexuality for children ages 8 to 10 as well as their parents and caregivers.

By: Cory Silverberg