The last week in September is given over to the freedom to read. Since the start of Banned Books Week in 1982, over 11,000 books have been challenged. These include the Bible and dictionary, classics like To Kill a Mockingbird and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and new favorites such as The Hunger Games or Harry Potter.
Libraries, schools, and bookstores around the nation will celebrate Banned Books Week the week of September 21-27, 2014. This one week of the year focuses attention on efforts to ban or restrict access to books.
Hundreds of books are challenged, restricted, or banned in schools and libraries each year. According to the American Library Association, there were 464 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2012, and many more go unreported.
Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association, American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, American Library Association, American Society of Journalists and Authors, Association of American Publishers, Freedom to Read Foundation, National Association of College Stores, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, National Coalition Against Censorship, National Council of Teachers of English, and PEN American Center. Banned Books Week is endorsed by Center for the Book at the Library of Congress and Project Censored.