Yesterday marked the beginning of this year’s “Banned Books Week.”
Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.
Intellectual freedom—the freedom to access information and express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopular—provides the foundation for Banned Books Week. BBW stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints for all who wish to read and access them.
For more information, visit the ALA website. There is even a section where you can check out which books have been challenged the most frequently by year, by author, by decade, and which “classics” have been challenged.
(Source: the American Library Association)