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 22 - 28, 2013 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
Most Challenged Books
ALA's List of Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2012
- Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey.
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie.
- Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher.
- Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James.
- And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson.
- The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini.
- Looking for Alaska, by John Green.
- Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
- The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls
- Beloved, by Toni Morrison
*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