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What is Banned Books Week?

Banned Books Week, opens a new window is an annual event that takes place during the last week of September. This week-long event is important because it reminds us that we all have the freedom to read anything we choose and exercise our First Amendment right. Banned Books Week highlights the importance of free and open access to information for all. It is a good reminder that all banned books are important pieces of literature that allow us to experience different points of view.

Why Are Books Banned?

Books are usually banned because they cover a controversial topic, have offensive language or religious language, and/or are not considered age-appropriate. If you're interested, Butler University provides detailed information, opens a new window on why books are banned from schools, bookstores and/or libraries.

What Is Your Favorite Banned Book?

Explore the most recent list of banned/challenged books, opens a new window and see if any of your favorite books made the list. You can also take a look at previous banned/challenged books lists, opens a new window.

Here are a few highlighted banned books:

And Tango Makes Three

The Perks of Being A Wallflower

Bless Me, Ultima

The Handmaid's Tale

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret

Snow Falling on Cedars

Life Is Funny

Athletic Shorts

Th1rteen R3asons Why

The Hate U Give

Now that you've viewed the banned books lists, did any of the titles listed surprise you? Share your thoughts below!