BANNED BOOKS WEEK
September 21 - October 1, 2016
CELEBRATE THE FREEDOM TO READ!!!
- 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."
Who challenges books?
Parents challenge materials more than any other group.
Challenges by Institution
Reasons for Challenges
Top 3 reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom:
1. Considered to be "sexually explicit"
2. Contained "offensive language"
3. "unsuited to any age group"
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.