Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week (Sep 27 - Oct 3) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. It highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community โ€” librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types โ€” in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

Find your freedom to read with our list of challenged books below. 

Banned Books Week - Learn more

OverDrive eBooklist: Banned Books Week

Booklist: Banned Books for Kids

Booklist: Banned Books for Teens

BPL's List of 15 Challenged Children's Books

BPL's List of 15 Challenged Teen Books

BPL's List of 15 Challenged Adult Books