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Banned Books Week: Design a Banned Book Cover

Banned Books Week at SU Logan Library

Enter Our Contest!

Top Ten Banned Books of 2016

Contest Rules

Redesign the cover of your favorite banned book for the chance to win an Amazon Echo Dot, a Graphic Drawing Tablet (USB), or an Amazon Gift Card. This contest is open to all current Schreiner University students. 

  1. Download the template online or stop by the library to grab a printed template for your design.
  2. Choose a banned book from our list or library display to redesign.
  3. Use whatever creative process or program you prefer to re-imagine the front and back cover of your banned book. No limits will be placed on materials or content, you are free to use both images and text to convey your vision.
  4. Be sure to include the title of your book, your name and email address in the provided spaces on the template.
  5. Submit your design in person or attached by email to on or before the end of Banned Books Week, Friday, Sept. 29th *all designs submitted by email must be in .png or .pdf format
  6. Check our Facebook and Instagram during Banned Books Week to see the entries and learn more about banned books. Winners will be chosen by drawing and announced the following Monday, Oct. 2nd. 


Banned Books Lists

Banned Books that Shaped America - Taken from the Library of Congress' exhibit of Books that Shaped America, this list takes a look at influential American works that have been banned or challenged. 

Top Ten 2016 - Each year the Office for Intellectual Freedom and the American Library Association (ALA) records all challenges and bans of literature in public spaces and compiles a list of titles ranked by the frequency of reported challenges. Last year's most banned book was This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, often challenged for portraying LGBT characters and content deemed "sexually explicit" by its critics. 

Most Controversial Books in the World - This infographic presentation takes a look at some of the most famously banned books and the reasons that censors found them so troubling. 

100 Most Frequently Challenged Books by Decade - An expansion of ALA's yearly list, this resource examines banning trends by decade. Take a look, are there any books that were banned in the 90's that wouldn't be censored today?

The Long History of Censorship - Book banning is not a new phenomenon, this article explores how governments, churches, publishers, and even the postal service have played a role in censoring texts through the ages. 

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