Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. It highlights the value of free and open access to information, and brings together the entire community in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas–even those that some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
The 2019 theme, “Censorship Leaves Us in the Dark – Keep the Light On,” is a reminder that everyone needs to draw attention to, and speak out against, censorship.
READ BANNED BOOKS
One of the best ways to stand up to book censorship is to read banned books!
Below, you’ll find the Top 11 Most Challenged Books of 2018, according to the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom, which tracks challenges to library, school and university materials.
- Common Reasons Why Books Are Challenged or Banned
- List of Each Year’s Most Challenged Books
- Banned Books – Frequently Asked Questions
- Dear Banned Author Letter-Writing Campaign: During Banned Books Week, write a letter to the author of a banned book and tell them how their work inspired, encouraged or moved you.
- Create a Virtual Read-Out Video: Stand up to censorship and declare your literary freedoms by reading from a banned book or discussing censorship issues on camera.
- Report Censorship: Is a book or material being censored, challenged or banned in your community? You can anonymously report these incidences to a variety of organizations, including: