Banned Books Week is September 26-October 2, 2021.
According to the American Library Association (2012), “Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. It 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.” For more information about Banned Books Week, its history, and how to get involved, check out Banned and Challenged Books: A Website of the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom.
Censorship by the Numbers
Who? What? Where? Why?
Check out the ALA’s infographics about censorship in 2020 below. Click here for infographics from past years. Press the arrow for the Spanish translation. Presione la flecha para la traducción al español.
Below is just a sampling of books that have been banned or challenged. Find more on ALA’s frequently challenged book lists: Top Ten Challenged Books by decade and by year, Children’s Books, Young Adult Books, Classics, and Books with Diverse Content. You can also check out our Just for Teens post or stop by the library for more!
Can You Guess Why These Books Were Banned?
Flick through the slideshows to find out, and click the linked titles to reserve your copy!
“Banned and Challenged Picture Books”, Edmonton Public Library, February 2018. https://epl.bibliocommons.com/list/share/69128707/70680896 (Accessed September 14, 2021).
“Banned Books Week (September 26-October 2, 2021)”, American Library Association, December 11, 2012. http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/banned (Accessed September 11, 2021).
Sutcliffe, Allison. “25 Banned Books Your Kids Need to Read”, Red Tricycle, March 19, 2021. https://redtri.com/kids-books-and-childrens-books-that-are-banned-books/ (Accessed September 14, 2021).
“Top 10 Most Challenged Books Lists”, American Library Association, March 26, 2013. http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/top10 (Accessed September 11, 2021).