Welcome to Banned Books Week
Banned Books Week is an annual celebration of the freedom to read. It highlights the value of free and open access to information. 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.
While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.
To view books that have been challenged and why, go to ALA's Frequently challenged books of the 21st century.
All information courtesy of American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom Banned Books Website
Freedom to Read
Banned BooksVirtual Read Out Loud
Readers from across the country and around the world have participated in the 2014 Banned Books Virtual Read-Out! These videos are also featured on the Banned Books Week YouTube Channel.
SAGE/ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom hosted a video read-out booth from ALA's Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV:
If you want more details about the Virtual Read Out Loud, go to the Banned Books Week Youtube channel.