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Banned Books Week: Celebrating 30 Years of Liberating Literature

This is the 30th year of ALA’s Banned Book Week. According to Banned Book Week.org, “Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982. For more information on Banned Books Week, click here.” ALA has created a timeline to walk you through the books...

Banned and Challenged Classics

Children’s books aren’t the only pieces of literature that come under the ban hammer. Many classics that have been voted some of the best literature in 20th century have been up to the chopping block. These books are often assigned in literature classes and are beloved by many people. You’ve probably read some yourself or may have some sitting on your bookshelves! Or maybe you haven’t read...

Banned Book Week Virtual Read-Out

People from all over the US participate in the BBW Virtual Read-Out posting their videos on Youtube. Celebrate the freedom to read by watching and listening to your fellow readers read and talk about banned books! Celebrities are also known for getting in on the banned book...

Book Bans and Challenges from 2007-2011

Don’t believe that book banning and challenging still happens? Check out a sample of book bans and challenges from 2007-2011. View Book Bans and Challenges, 2007-2011 in a larger...

Banned Book Week

Did you know? George Orwell’s Animal Farm was banned in the USSR for being anti-communist, but banned in the US for having communist text in the introduction. The Grapes of Wrath was banned for obscenity. However, there is evidence that shows the censorship was led by wealthy landowners who did not want their treatment of their workers to become highlighted by the very realistic accounts in Stienbeck’s...
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