Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week 2020 will be held September 27 – October 3. The theme of this year’s event is “Censorship is a dead end. Find your freedom to read!”September 27-October 3, please visit Bookworks for special window displays and freebies for Banned Book Week. The Top 10 Challenged Books of 2019 are listed below. Buy a banned book, read a banned book! 

Banned book lists can be found here: 

BANNED CLASSICS

KIDS BANNED BOOKS

More about Banned Books Week, from their website:

"Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. 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 of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) compiles lists of challenged books as reported in the media and submitted by librarians and teachers across the country.

The American Library Association, the American Booksellers Association, and the American Booksellers for Free Expression all "support free expression and the freedom to read by celebrating Banned Books Week every September."

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.

About banning:

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.

Find more information at the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) website

George (Scholastic Gold) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780545812573
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - April 25th, 2017

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ISBN: 9780763673680
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Published: Candlewick - March 10th, 2015

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Published: Triangle Square - July 28th, 2015

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ISBN: 9781499805529
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Published: little bee books - May 1st, 2018

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ISBN: 9780803741072
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Published: Dial Books - September 4th, 2014

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ISBN: 9780385490818
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Published: Anchor - March 16th, 1998

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ISBN: 9780545326995
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Published: Graphix - September 1st, 2012

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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - July 1st, 2009

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ISBN: 9780689878459
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - June 1st, 2005