For Banned Books Week, USA TODAY staffers defend some of the most-challenged books and their rightful place in our world.       

  • Robert Azzi: Banned books: Matters of common humanity and survival
    The end of September saw “Banned Books Week” in America during which the MacArthur Foundation awarded a ”Genius” award to Ibram X. Kendi noting “… Kendi is an American historian ...
    10/11/2021 - 5:00 pm | View Link
  • Fighting the good fight as a school librarian during Banned Books Week
    Banned Books Week has been a 40-year response by librarians, including school librarians ... some of their favorite books have been banned or challenged in libraries and schools across the ...
    09/30/2021 - 10:21 pm | View Link
  • Banned Books Week: We defend 30 challenged books including 'Beloved' and '1984'
    That's why for this year's Banned Books Week, USA TODAY staffers ... Why are these titles challenged or banned? For a variety of reasons, including offensive language, being sexually explicit ...
    09/27/2021 - 8:39 pm | View Link
  • Banned Books Week at Redlands library celebrates Americans’ freedom to read
    Teens, next week is Banned Books Week, a time when libraries ... the American Library Association, it gets challenged A LOT for several reasons, including “profanity, sexual references, and ...
    09/24/2021 - 12:16 pm | View Link
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  • Harper Lee, “To Kill a Mockingbird” – The Banned Books Project
    To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the most frequently challenged books in the US due to its themes of rape and use of profanity and racial slurs. While numerous attempts have been made to ban the novel since its publication, two successful cases of banning have occurred within the past three years.
    10/23/2021 - 12:28 pm | View Website
  • Banned Spotlight: The Hate U Give | Banned Books Week
    Banned Spotlight: The Hate U Give September 6, 2018 Betsy Gomez The buzz for Angie Thomas’s debut novel The Hate U Give came well in advance of its publication. The young adult novel debuted to rave reviews, won several awards, and sat atop The New York Times bestseller list for 50 weeks. But the story about black teen Starr Williams, who witnesses the police shooting of a childhood friend ...
    10/23/2021 - 1:01 am | View Website
  • Top 100 Most Banned and Challenged Books: 2010-2019 ...
    The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) has been documenting attempts to ban books in libraries and schools since 1990. OIF compiled this list of the most banned and challenged books from 2010-2019 by reviewing both the public and confidential censorship reports it received. This list draws attention to literary censorship but only provides a snapshot of book ...
    10/22/2021 - 10:06 am | View Website
  • ALA Announces Top 100 Banned & Challenged Books of Last ...
    ALA Announces Top 100 Banned & Challenged Books of Last Decade. September 27, 2020 Betsy Gomez To kick off the 2020 edition of Banned Books week, the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom has unveiled the Top 100 Most Banned and Challenged Books for the past decade. The list features many of the most popular and acclaimed titles and writers in publishing, from Dav ...
    10/22/2021 - 4:08 am | View Website
  • ALA releases list of Top 100 Most Banned and Challenged ...
    The Banned Books Week Facebook page will offer a series of events including: Sept. 27, at 2 p.m. CT Video premiere of City Lit Theater reading excerpts of the Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2019. Sept. 30, at 1 p.m. CT
    10/20/2021 - 8:35 am | View Website
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