Calling all readers! Let’s celebrate our freedom to read!
Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating open access to information, both fictional and not. It draws national attention to the harms of censorship and the efforts put in to remove or restrict access to controversial books.
BBW was launched in 1982 during the height of banning books. Since then more than 11,300 books have been challenged.
The books featured during BBW were at some point targeted in schools and libraries and removed.
Some books continue to be banned to this day but part of the BBW celebration is that in most cases, the banned books were made available to the public.
Here’s a list of books, in no particular order that have been banned since 2010 and for more lists, because this one is by far incomplete- click on over to The American Library Association (ALA.org) and you can find all sorts of information about banned books and censorship.
- Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
- The Fault in Our Stars/ Looking for Alaska/Paper Towns by John Green
- The Twilight Series by Stepahnie Meyer
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
- Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
- Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy by E.L. James
- Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
- Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
- Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
So stand up and speak out for the freedom to read. Go read a banned book!
This year Banned Books Week is September 25-October 1.