This year read a banned book week falls on:
Sunday 2013 September 22 – Saturday 2011 September 28
Every year for the past 31 years the American Library Association sponsors Banned Books Week: The Freedom To Read
Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. Check out the frequently challenged books section to explore the issues and controversies around book challenges and book banning. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.
The American Library Association maintains a list of The Top 100 Banned Novels Of The 20th Century for your reading pleasure.
There is even a web site and a domain dedicated to Banned Books Week called BannedBooksWeek.org
Lastly here is a list of the Top 10 Most Challenged Books Of 2012:
Please read or talk about a book from one of these lists during Banned Books Week 2013.
All freedom and all progress is ultimately rooted in the free flow of ideas.