September 21−27, 2014
Every year I participate in celebrating the freedom and right to read! For those of you who might not know what this is, Banned Books Week is an annual awareness event that promotes and celebrates the freedom to read. It draws attention to banned and challenged books, and highlights persecuted individuals.
You can check out some of these resources regarding books that have been banned or censored at some point in time in history:
- List of books banned by government
- List of book burning incidents
- Burning of books and burying of scholars (in Chinese history)
- The Difference Between Banned and Challenged Books
Frequently Challenged Books (as listed by the ALA)
- 30 Years of Liberating Literature timeline
- Banned/Challenged Classics
- Top Ten Frequently Challenged Books lists
- 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books by Decade
- Most Frequently Challenged Authors pages of the 21st Century
- Extended list of books banned or challenged
Yearly Lists of Challenged and/or Banned Books
These brochures list books challenged, restricted, removed, or banned in that year as reported in the Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom. Click on the links below to download a PDF of each list from 2004 to the current year.
Books Challenged and/or Banned – 2013-2014 (PDF)
Books Challenged and/or Banned – 2012-2013 (PDF)
Books Challenged and/or Banned – 2011-2012 (PDF)
Books Challenged and/or Banned – 2010-2011 (PDF)
Books Challenged and/or Banned – 2009-2010 (PDF)
Books Challenged and/or Banned – 2008-2009 (PDF)
Books Challenged and/or Banned – 2007-2008 (PDF)
Books Challenged and/or Banned – 2006-2007 (PDF)
Books Challenged and/or Banned – 2005-2006 (PDF)
Books Challenged and/or Banned – 2004-2005 (PDF)
You can also donate via text to the cause, if you so choose, to help raise awareness.
Show Your Support
You can also add buttons and talk about Banned Books Week on your blogs, facebook, and twitter pages – not to mention in every day conversation to friends, family, and coworkers. This is an important topic that every should be aware of and help enforce.
Banned Books Week Social Media Channels
We have the right to read what we want!
We have the right to never be denied our intellectual freedom!
Resist censorship and rally behind the readers!
We are a dangerous lot. People should have learned by now not to get between us and our books. 😉