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Protect the Freedom To Read With Book Resumes

Use these free resources to help combat book bans in your area.

Protect the Freedom To Read With Book Resumes

Book bans are on the rise in America. Penguin Random House is dedicated to protecting the freedom to read, which is why we want everyone to have the tools they need to keep books on shelves. Learn more about Penguin Random House’s efforts here.

Book Resumes are free resources for teachers, librarians, parents, and community advocates to use to support frequently challenged books. These documents contain reviews from professional trade review journals, links to resources and relevant media, and, where possible, more information about how books have been successfully retained in school districts.

Use the categories below to search alphabetically by book title and click on the title to download the corresponding Book Resume as a PDF.

A – D | E – H | I – L | M – P | Q – T | U – Z | 0 – 9

A – D


All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold

Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher

Animal Farm by George Orwell 

Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi

Being Jazz by Jazz Jennings

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin 

Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Born on the Water by Nikole Hannah-Jones

Boy Erased by Garrard Conley

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Donovan’s Big Day by Leslea Newman

E – H


Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Fences by August Wilson

Fresh Ink by Lamar Giles

Girl Crushed by Katie Heaney

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood 

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros 

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

I – L


I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings 

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

In Our Mothers’ House by Patricia Polacco

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini 

Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo 

Looking for Alaska by John Green

M – P


The Magic Fish by Trung Lee Nguyen

Maus by Art Spiegelman

My Awesome/Awful Popularity Plan by Seth Rudetsky

My Rainbow by DeShanna and Trinity Neal

The Name Jar by Choi Yang-Sook

Odd One Out by Nic Stone

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck 

Our Skin: A First Conversation About Race by Megan Madison and Jessica Ralli

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Paper Towns by John Green

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Pet by Akwaeke Emezi 

Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag by Rob Sanders

Q – T


Rage: A Love Story by Julie Ann Peters

Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

A Scatter of Light by Malinda Lo

Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson

Sing a Song by Kelly Starling Lyons

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut 

This Is My America by Kim Johnson

This Is Our Rainbow by Katherine Locke and Nicole Melleby

This Is Your Time by Ruby Bridges

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini 

Too Bright to See by Kyle Lukoff

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

U – Z


We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices edited by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson

0 – 9

The 1619 Project by Nikole Hannah-Jones

1984 by George Orwell

Thousands of books face censorship – for a more complete collection of book resumes, visit the Unite Against Book Bans Book Resume Database.