What is a Banned Book?
A banned book is one that has been removed from a library, bookstore, or school collection solely because it is considered to contain controversial content.
Sometimes banned books have even been burned or otherwise forcibly destroyed.
Banning or challenging a book is considered to be serious matter, because blatant censorship of that type is a violation of our freedom to read.
Feeedom To Read Foundation
Office of Intellectual Freedom
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Banned Books Week
The American Library Association has designated September 29 - October 6 as “Banned Books Week”.
Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event of the American Library Association. It celebrates the freedom to read that is protected under the First Amendment, while also bringing awareness and attention to the dangers of censorship by highlighting actual or attempted book bannings that have occurred across the United States, both now and in the past.
Banned Books Week Banner by DML East Branch
2011's Most Challenged Books
ALA's List of Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2011
1) ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
2) The Color of Earth (series), by Kim Dong Hwa
3) The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins
4) My Mom’s Having A Baby! A Kid’s Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy, by Dori Hillestad Butler
5) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
6) Alice (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
7) Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
8) What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones
9) Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily Von Ziegesar
10) To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
*A challenge is defined as a formal, written complaint filed with a library or school requesting that a book or other material be restricted or removed because of its content or appropriateness.
100 Banned Books
The 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1900-2000