September 21 - October 1, 2016


  • Banned Books Week (BBW) was launched in September of 1982 by Judith Krug, after what many considered a great surge in the number of book challenges in the US.
  • Banned Books Week is organized by the American Library Association (ALA).
  • Since 1982 more than 11,300 books have been challenged.
  • In 2013, 307 books were challenged.
  • In 2014, 311 books were challenged.

What is the difference between a challenge and a ban?

"A challenge is the an attempt to remove or restrict materials based upon the objections of a person or a group."

"A banning is the removal of those materials."

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ALA Banned Books Week,


Banned Books Week is sponsored by:

  • The American Booksellers Association
  • American Booksellers Foundation of Free Expression (ABFFE)
  • American Society of Journalists and Authors
  • Association of American Publishers
  • National Association of College Stores
  • Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
  • Freedom to Read Foundation
  • National Coalition Against Censorthip
  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • People for the American Way
  • PEN American Center
  • Project Censored

Banned Books Week is endorsed by the Center of the Book in the Library of Congress.