Banned Books Week (September 22-28) brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types, to shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
Banned Books Week was launched in the 1980s, a time of increased challenges, organized protests, and the Island Trees School District v. Pico (1982) Supreme Court case, which ruled that school officials can’t ban books in libraries simply because of their content.
Books are still being banned and challenged today. A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials.
While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.
The American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom tracked 347 challenges to library, school, and university materials and services in 2018.
Of the 483 books challenged or banned in 2018, the Top 11 Most Challenged Books are: