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We proudly read and publish banned books.

A Message from our Publisher and CEO on Your Right to Read:

Right now, in 2023, books are being removed from schools and libraries across the U.S. at a rate not seen in almost 40 years. Repeated attacks on freedom of thought, freedom to teach, and freedom to read are only ramping up: we at Sourcebooks believe the publishing community must stand up for these freedoms.

Book banning hurts readers of all ages: it denies access to new perspectives. It closes doors to important conversations. It undermines everything we stand for as a democratic society. Book banning aims to silence voices and erase diversity. Sourcebooks will continue to defend our authors and their diverse experiences, proudly publishing banned and challenged books without apology.

We affirm our commitment to the freedom we have, as Americans, to read, think, and learn. We’ll continue to publish banned books and partner with organizations like the National Coalition Against Censorship, BINC, Overdrive, NCTE, and the American Library Association, and will seek out additional partnerships along the way. We’ll keep supporting our authors, readers, bookstore and library partners, educators, and communities in fighting censorship in all its forms.

You have the right to read. We will defend this right, and will keep reading and sharing stories that change lives. We hope you will too.

-Dominique Raccah, Publisher and CEO

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NEW: Are you an author whose work is being banned or challenged? 

As of February 2023, in the past year censorship groups have targeted roughly 2,000 different books for removal from schools and libraries across the country. This organized, nationwide campaign to control what we read continues to spread, and it impacts authors just as much as readers.


View the full announcement of NCAC’s new toolkit here.


This Book is Gay

by Juno Dawson

The bestselling young adult non-fiction book on sexuality and gender!

Lesbian. Gay. Bisexual. Transgender. Queer. Intersex. Straight. Curious. This book is for everyone, regardless of gender or sexual preference. This book is for anyone who's ever dared to wonder. This book is for YOU.

What's the T?

by Juno Dawson

Discover what it means to be a young transgender and/or non-binary person in the twenty-first century in this candid and funny guide for teens from the bestselling author of This Book is Gay.

In What’s the T? Stonewall ambassador and bestselling author Juno Dawson is back again, this time with everything you’ve wanted to know about labels and identities and offering uncensored advice on coming out, sex, and relationships with her trademark humor and lightness of touch.

Me and White Supremacy

by Layla F Saad

The New York Times and USA Today bestseller!

This eye-opening book challenges you to do the essential work of unpacking your biases, and helps white people take action and dismantle the privilege within themselves so that you can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too.

Fifty Shades of Grey

by E. L. James

An Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

Wayward Witch

by Zoraida Córdova

The witches of New York are back! In the epic conclusion to the award-winning series, the final Mortiz sister's story is told. Infused with Latin American tradition—the Brooklyn Brujas series follows three sisters—and brujas—as they develop their powers and battle magic in their hometown and worlds beyond.

If We Were Us

by K. L. Walther

A high school romance that flips the switch on the will they or won’t they trope when two best friends are forced to confront truths about their friendship, identities, and relationships during their senior year at boarding school.


by Cat Clarke

Jem Halliday is in Love with Her Best Friend. It doesn't matter that Kai is gay, or that he'll never look at her the same way she looks at him. Their friendship is all she needs. But when Kai is outed online by one of their classmates, he does the unthinkable: he commits suicide.

The Pants Project

by Cat Clarke

A touching, humorous story of strong-willed eleven-year-old Liv, who is determined to challenge his school's terrible dress code and change his life. Inspire empathy and compassion (and a few laughs!) in young readers with this stunning middle-grade novel.

We are Lost and Found

by Helene Dunbar

From “the queen of heartbreaking prose” (Paste) Helene Dunbar, We Are Lost and Found is a young adult realistic fiction novel in the vein of The Perks of Being a Wallflower about three friends coming-of-age against the backdrop of the AIDS crisis in the early 1980s.

Mask of Shadows

by Linsey Miller

I needed to win. They needed to die.

Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class—and the nobles who destroyed their home.


by Ryan La Sala

A B&N’s YA Book Club Pick * Walmart Buzz Pick * Indie Next Pick * Book of the Month Club YA Bo

A few weeks ago, Kane Montgomery was in an accident that robbed him of his memory. The only thing he knows for certain is that the police found him half-dead in the river. The world as he knows it feels different—reality seems different. And when strange things start happening around him, Kane isn’t sure where to turn.

Sex, Puberty, and All That Stuff

by Jacqui Bailey

This friendly book talks to teens about the subject that is constantly on their minds: Sex. Learn how to deal with crushes, controlling parents, pimples, kissing, dating, hormones, menstruation, sexual activity, condoms, contraception, pregnancy, STDs, consent, and more.

The Naked Roommate

by Harlan Cohen

For 10 years (and counting), The Naked Roommate has been the #1 go-to guide for your very best college experience!

From sharing a bathroom with 40 strangers to sharing lecture notes, The Naked Roommate is your behind-the-scenes look at EVERYTHING you need to know about college (but never knew you needed to know).

My First Thirty Years

by Gertrude Beasley

Shortly after its 1925 publication, Gertrude Beasley's ferociously eloquent feminist memoir was banned and she herself disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Though British Nobel Prize winner Bertrand Russell called My First Thirty Years "truthful, which is illegal" and Larry McMurtry pronounced it the finest Texas book of its era, Beasley's words have been all but inaccessible for almost a century—until now.

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