The American Library Association, the American Booksellers Association, and the American Booksellers for Free Expression support free expression and the freedom to read by celebrating Banned Books Week every September. September 24-30, please visit Bookworks for special displays and freebies for Banned Book Weeks.
Find more information at the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) website at http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks or by reading the Banned Books 2016 document attached below.
ALA OIF receives reports from libraries, schools, and the media on attempts to ban books in communities across the country. We compile lists of challenged books in order to inform the public about censorship efforts that affect libraries and schools.
Children’s Books: A common reason given for challenging a book is “unsuited/inappropriate for age group.” Authors such as Alvin Schwartz, Mildred D. Taylor and Roald Dahl are listed more than once on this list of 130 frequently challenged children’s books.
Young Adult Books: This list includes books written for YA audiences and those featuring a YA main character.
Classics: At least 46 of the Radcliffe Publishing Course Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century have been the targets of ban attempts.
Books with Diverse Content: OIF found that out of the 2015 Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books, nine of them contained diverse content. The 86 books on this list include content by or about people of color, LGBT people and/or people with disabilities.