Banned Books Week is an annual celebration of the freedom to read. It highlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools.
What is the difference between a challenge and a banning? 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 to the commitment 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. (American Library Association)
This list includes just some of the titles that have been challenged or banned in schools and libraries across America over the years. Learn more at ala.org/bbooks.