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Banned Books Week: Home

Stand Up for Your Right to Read

Get Caught Reading

Brian Lutz

Ulysses, And Tango Makes Three, Bluest Eye, Amber Spyglass, Lolita, Satanic Verses

Karen Sheldon

PopCo

Emily Sjogren

Book Thief

Dr. Gary Fortier

America (The Book), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Beth Carpenter

Angela's Ashes, Jane Eyre

Maggie Liguori

Never Cry Wolf

Dr. Maria Gallo

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

Freedom to Read Statement

The freedom to read is essential to our democracy. It is continuously under attack. Private groups and public authorities in various parts of the country are working to remove or limit access to reading materials, to censor content in schools, to label "controversial" views, to distribute lists of "objectionable" books or authors, and to purge libraries. These actions apparently rise from a view that our national tradition of free expression is no longer valid; that censorship and suppression are needed to counter threats to safety or national security, as well as to avoid the subversion of politics and the corruption of morals. We, as individuals devoted to reading and as librarians and publishers responsible for disseminating ideas, wish to assert the public interest in the preservation of the freedom to read.

Read the complete statement on the ALA Website

Yearly Lists of Banned or Challenged Books