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 2017 celebration will be held September 24 - 30.
Which books have faced challenges? Classics such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Scarlet Letter have faced attempts at being removed from public and school libraries, as well as modern classics like the Pulitzer Prize-winning Beloved. Some of the top challenged titles of 2016 include:
Check out this booklist for more banned and challenged books, and celebrate your freedom to read.