Source and more information can be found on the official Banned Books Week website.

Banned Books Week is the national book community’s annual celebration of the freedom to read. Hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events. The 2015 celebration will be held September 27-October 3.


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. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982 according to the American Library Association. There were 311 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2014, and many more go unreported. The 10 most challenged titles of 2014 were:


What can you do?

Read banned and challenged books.

The Banned Books Week Website posts the most challenged books of 2014 here.

The most challenged YA books are listed here.

The Freedom to Read Foundation helps support for libraries and beyond.

You can help the ALA raise money and awareness on Banned Books week by shopping on their online store.