September 22–28, 2019, is Banned Books Week, an annual event celebrating the freedom to read!
Each year the American Library Associationopens a new window records hundreds of attempts to remove books from libraries and classrooms. These formal challenges are made for a variety of reasons when materials are deemed inappropriate for children or for any reader. Common reasons include LGBTQIA+ content, profanity, sexually explicit content and religious viewpoints. You can view the Top Ten Most Challenged Book Listsopens a new window by year.
Banned Books Week was established in the 1980s as a way to draw attention to the harms of censorship and bring people together in support of expressing any and all ideas.
Below is a list of some of the most recent and historically challenged books. How many have you read?