It's been 37 years since Banned Books Week was launched in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores, and libraries.
Keep the lights on by supporting individuals' freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. The authors of many banned books represent some of literature's most well-known and influential voices, including:
Spotlight on a recently challenged book:
In 2018, more than 500 books were challenged nationwide. One of those was Angie Thomas' breakout #1 New York Times Bestseller, The Hate U Give, which was called necessary and important by Kirkus Reviews and "heartbreakingly topical" by Publishers Weekly.
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