Banned Books Week Press Kit

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Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read, Sept. 24 - 30.
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 books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. 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.Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. 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.

 

Top Ten List of Most Challenged Books 

Top Ten Lists of Most Challenged Books from 2001 to 2015 are also available

 

Banned Books Virtual Read-Out!

Readers from across the country and around the world will participate in a "Stand for the Banned Read-Out" during Banned Books Week 2017. 

Visit our "Stand for the Banned Read-Out" playlists to view videos from past participants which include videos from Judy Blume, Chris Crutcher  Stephen Chbosky and Dav Pilkey, as well as actors Jeff Bridges and Whoopi Goldberg!

 

Resources

Audio Public Service Announcements 

Download Banned Books Week Artwork

About Banned & Challenged Books

Frequently Challenged Books

Banned Books Week Coalition Website - an umbrella website to share resources and promote Banned Books Week events for all the sponsors

 

Yearly Lists of Challenged and/or Banned Books

Book Challenges and/or Banned - 2015- 2016 (PDF)

Books Challenged and/or Banned - 2014-2015 (PDF)

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)


Additional lists are available . 

 

Banned Books Week Social Media Channels

Banned Books Week on Facebook
Share Banned Books Week photos on Flickr
See what others are saying about #bannedbooksweek on Twitter
Watch and upload Banned Books Week videos on YouTube
Banned Books Week Pinterest

 

 

Sponsors
First observed in 1982, Banned Books Week reminds Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted. Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Booksellers AssociationAmerican Library AssociationAmerican Society of Journalists and AuthorsAssociation of American PublishersAuthor's GuildComic Book Legal Defense FundDramatists Legal Defense FundFreedom to Read FoundationNational Coalition Against CensorshipNational Council of Teachers of EnglishPeople for the American WayPEN America and Project Censored.  It is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

Media Contacts:
Media interested in scheduling interviews with ALA spokespersons may contact Macey Morales, deputy director, ALA Public Awareness Office, 312-280-4393, mmorales@ala.org; Steve Zalusky, manager of communications, 312-280-1546,  szalusky@ala.org; or Heather Cho,  media relations specialist, hcho@ala.org or 312-280-4020.