Banned Books Week is a national alliance of diverse organizations joined by a commitment to increase awareness of the annual celebration of the freedom to read. Launched in 1982 in response to an increase in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores, and libraries, the BBW Coalition seeks to engage communities and inspire participation in Banned Book Week through education, advocacy, and to create programs about the problem of book censorship.
This year the celebration will be held September 25 - October 1.
Just a few of the books that have been banned:
- The Holy Bible
- Looking for Alaska, by John Green
- The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
- Beloved, by Toni Morrison
- A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess
More information on banned and challenged books can be found on the American Library Association website
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