BANNED BOOKS WEEK 2018: WHAT BOOKS ARE BANNED MOST FREQUENTLY?
By NINA GODLEWSKI
September 24, 2018
Sunday kicked off the annual “Banned Books Week” that takes place every September. The week is meant to celebrate the freedom to read and learn from all books, and this year it runs from September 23 until the 29th.
The theme for 2018, “Banning Books Silences Stories,” supports the right to read any book and opposes the censoring of certain books.
Books on the list change each year. The 2017 list of most-banned books included The Kite Runner, The Hate U Give and I Am Jazz.
For a book to be included on the list for Banned Books Week, it has to have been removed or restricted in a library or school. The list of the top 10 books that have been restricted or removed for 2018 isn't available yet, but the lists for previous years can be found.
The American Library Association keeps track of the books that are targeted and compiles the list at the end of the year. In 2017 alone, more than 350 books were challenged in schools, libraries and in universities, according to the ALA.