Banned Books Week Press Kit

                                         

 
Each year, the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) records hundreds of attempts by individuals and groups to have books removed from libraries shelves and from classrooms. The OIF tracked 347 challenges to library, school and university materials and services. Overall, 483 books were challenged or banned in 2018.

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.

Banned Books Week (September 22-28, 2019) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. It 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.

 

Most Challenged Books of 2018

Traditionally the ALA releases a Top Ten List within the State of America’s Libraries Report each April. This year 11 books were selected, since two titles were tied for the final position on the list, and both books were burned by a religious activist to protest a Pride event.


Resources

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

 

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 2019

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!

 

Yearly Lists of Challenged and/or Banned Books

Book Challenges and/or Banned - 2016 -2017 (PDF)

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)

Additional lists are available . 

 

Media Contacts:
Media interested in scheduling interviews with ALA spokespersons may contact Macey Morales, deputy director, ALA Marketing and Communications Office, 312-280-4393, mmorales@ala.org;; or Steve Zalusky, communications specialist, LA Marketing and Communications Office, 312-280-1546,  szalusky@ala.org .