Posted on October 2, 2021
I confess! I did it! I am guilty! Guilty of reading banned and challenged books, that is, especially during Banned Books Week. Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and is typically held during the last week of September. Participants highlight current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. In 2020, The American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom tracked 156 challenges to library, school, and university materials and services.
Of the 273 books that were targeted, this list compiled by the American Library Association contains the most challenged titles, along with the reasons cited for censorship. How many have you read? There are plenty of banned or challenged books and eBooks available at your local library to get you started. The frequently challenged titles below are written for teen audiences or presented to teens in schools.