Banned Books - 2017

A guide to information about why books are banned, a history of banned books; and, other helpful resources.

Banned Books Week 2017

Words have POWER. Read a BANNED BOOK.
Welcome to the Banned Books Week 2017 guide.

Everyone has the freedom to read, so let's celebrate!

Banned Books Week 2017: September 24-September 30

Books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries & schools.

While books continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books remained available. This happens thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students  & community members who stand up to speak out for the freedom to read.

Source:  American Library Association (ALA). Visit the ALA's Banned Books at
Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
To Kill a Mockingbird
A Wrinkle in Time
The Giving Tree
The Glass Castle
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
The Handmaid's Tale

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. Due ti the committment of librarians, teachers, parents, students and other concerned citizens, most challenges are unsuccessful and most materials are retained in the school curriculum or library collection. Source:  American Library Association (ALA).
Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association.