Celebrate the Freedom to Read

where bb challengedAAPLD is joining libraries across the country in observing Banned Books Week September 24 – 30. By focusing on efforts nationwide to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. 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.

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. 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.

Explore the list of books that were challenged, restricted, removed or banned 2015-2016. 

Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century that were targets of ban attempts (Radcliffe Publishing Course)

130 Frequently Challenged Children’s Books


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