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Banned Books Week - Freedom to Read

A guide about Banned Books Week for teachers, librarians, and those interested in intellectual freedom

Spanish Librarian Rita Wilson's Favorite Banned Book


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. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982 according to the American Library Association. ("About," 2017, ¶ 1).

Banned Books Week in the News

These are just some of the incidents across the United States from 2015 and 2016.

Event Ideas

The links below should provide you with some ideas of ways to celebrate or participate in Banned Books Week.