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Week of 9.22.06

Banned Books Week


Library Association Ranks Most Challenged Books in America

This week marks the 25th anniversary of "Banned Book Week," an effort by the American Library Association to promote freedom of access to "unorthodox or unpopular" written works as well as freedom of expression within these books.

"Throughout history, there always have been a few people who don't want information to be freely available. And this is still true," said ALA President Leslie Burger. "Banned Books Week reminds us that we must remain vigilant."

Each year, the ALA publishes the top ten "challenged" books of the previous year. These are books that individuals or groups request be removed from libraries and schools. In 2005, the ALA received 405 such challenges.

The "10 Most Challenged Books of 2005," according to the American Library Association

It's Perfectly Normal book cover Related Resources:

NOW Book List

The Controversy over Children's Literature

ALA: Banned Books Week

The 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books From 1990-2000

Most challenged books of the 21st century (2000-2005)

Vote for your favorite challenged book (voting closes Sept. 30)