Banned Books Week September 21-27, 2014 Summary

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Sponsored by the American Library Association, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship by focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books.

On the Banned Books Week website, you can learn about the books most frequently banned over the years, including The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Autobiography of Malcolm X, The Call of The Wild, Fahrenheit 451, and For Whom The Bell Tolls, inter alia.

This map shows book challenges by state since 2013.

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Here you can see the reasons most often given for challenging books.

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Finally, here is an article about one person’s attempt to obviate the need for books that represent a threat. “Grace Ann” – a self-proclaimed Conservative Christian, is re-writing Harry Potter, so her children won’t be “turning into witches.” You can read about her project to make Harry Potter more “family friendly” here.

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