The American Library Association's Banned Book Week starts today, September 23-29, 2018!
ALA's Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community -- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types -- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restricted in libraries and schools. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws attention to the harms of censorship.
Books are still being banned and challenged today. A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials.
While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.
Celebrate your freedom to read by reading a frequently banned or challenged book from the following lists and checking out the displays in the district libraries during Banned Books Week:
Frequently Challenged Books
Top 10 Challenged Books
Celebrate your freedom to read this week!