Banned Books Week is celebrated every year. According to the American Library Association, “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 — in shared support of the freedom to seek and express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.”
Using information from public challenges reported in the media as well as censorship reports submitted to the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) through its challenge reporting form, the OIF publishes an annual list of the Top Ten Most Challenged Books every year to raise awareness about the harms of censorship and the freedom to read.
What is the difference between a “challenged” and “banned” book?
A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others. As such, they are a threat to freedom of speech and choice.
A banning is the removal of those materials.
Please go to the Banned Books Facebook page for more information.