Banning books may seem like a thing of the past, but many books are still challenged in communities across the country. In 2014 alone, the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom recorded 311 challenges to different books. Their list of the “Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2014” includes the coming-of-age story The Perks of Being a Wallflower, the graphic novel Persepolis, and the picture book And Tango Makes Three.
Annually, the national book community celebrates the freedom to read freely during Banned Books Week, launched in 1982 "in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries," according to the Banned Books Week website. Since the inception of this event, more than 11000 books have been challenged.
You can support Banned Books Week by checking out a banned book from the IU Libraries. Check out our list in IUCAT - no really, check them out! We mean it!