Banned Books Week Press Kit

Banned Books Week: Celebrating 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.    

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. A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others. As such, they are a threat to freedom of speech and choice.

Please visit the Banned Books Week website at http://www.bannedbooksweek.org for information regarding Banned Books Week events taking place in your community

 

Press Releases

Freedom to read under fire as attempts to ban books continue

Banned Books Week Heroes unveiled during Virtual Read-Out

 

 SOCIAL MEDIA ALERTS  

 Twitter Parties 

For the first time this year, Twitter parties will help promote the message of Banned Books Week.  A party will be held on Monday, Sept. 23, from 10 a.m. to noon, Eastern time; a second party is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 25, from noon to 2 p.m., Eastern.  Supporters are urged to tweet using the hashtag #bannedbooksweek. More information about the Twitter parties is available on the Banned Books Week website, http://bannedbooksweek.org .


 PEN American Center Presents: A Live Hangout On Air with Sherman Alexie

Join the conversation on Monday, September 23,  4 p.m. ET 

PEN American Center presents a Banned Books Week Google+ Hangout On Air with Sherman Alexie, author of "War Dances," which won the 2010 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, and whose novel "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" was included in the ALA's top ten banned books of 2012. The live broadcast will be moderated by the ALA's Director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom, Barbara Jones, and PEN's Freedom to Write Fellow, Deji Olukotun. 

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Virtual Read-Out

Readers from across the United States and around the world demonstrated their support for free speech by participating in a virtual read-out of banned and challenged books during Banned Books Week 2012,

In celebration of Banned Books Week 2013, libraries and bookstores will upload videos to the  Banned Books Week YouTube Channel. Participants will submit either a reading, or a description of a local book challenge. 

 

Resources

Audio PSAs and Scripts 

About Banned & Challenged Books

Frequently challenged books of the 21st century

Timeline: 30 Years of Liberating Literature

Challenges to library materials

Banned Books Week Web site

 

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Book Challenges  2007 - 2012


View Book Bans and Challenges in a larger map

This map is drawn from cases documented by ALA and the Kids' Right to Read Project, a collaboration of the National Coalition Against Censorship and the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression.

 

Yearly Lists of Challenged and/or Banned Books

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)

   

News

 

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 Association; American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression; the American Library Association; American Society of Journalists and Authors; Association of American Publishers; and the National Association of College Stores.  It is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. In 2011, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, the Freedom to Read Foundation, National Coalition Against Censorship, National Council of Teachers of English, and PEN American Center also signed on as sponsors.

 

Media Contact:  Macey Morales, Manager Media Relations, ALA, mmorales@ala.org