Harry Potter… Captain Underpants… The Catcher in the Rye… Every year, there are hundreds of attempts to remove books from the shelves of bookstores, libraries and schools. Don’t close the book on your freedom to read - read your favorite banned book during Banned Books Week.
Banned Books Week is the national book community's annual celebration of the freedom to read. Hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books. The 2015 celebration will be held September 27 through October 3.
Which books have faced challenges? This list from the Library of Congress focuses on books that "have had a profound effect on American life." This timeline is an interactive history of books targeted by censors. In 2014, 311 challenges were reported to the American Library Association; the 10 most challenged titles were:
Check out this list of more banned and challenged books in our catalog.