About Banned Books Week
The Freedom to Read Foundation has been a sponsor of Banned Books Week since 2012. Started in 1982 to highlight the increase in challenges to books in libraries, schools, bookstores, and elsewhere, the Freedom to Read Foundation is now a national—even international—celebration of the freedom to read.
For more information about the history of Banned Books Week, lists of banned and challenged books, stories about censorship attempts, and Banned Books Week events, visit www.bannedbooksweek.org.
Banned Books Week 2013
For the second year in a row, the Freedom to Read Foundation was a proud sponsor of Banned Books Week.
As part of our celebration, we again provided multiple event grants from FTRF's Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund. Visit our Krug Fund Banned Books Week page to read about their projects and check out their videos and photos.
Banned Books Week 2014 will be September 21–27.
Information about banned and challenged books
ALA on frequently challenged books
Past Banned Books Weeks
2012 Banned Books Week
2012 marked the 30th Anniversary of Banned Books Week. It was also the first year FTRF was an official sponsor of Banned Books Week.
A compilation video from 2012 Krug Fund grant recipients is viewable here. Additional videos and descriptions of the grant-winning project can be found on the Krug Fund Banned Books Week Grants page. Photos from their events are on FTRF's Facebook page.
In commemoration of "30 years of liberating literature," the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom created a timeline of significant book challenges from each year.
FTRF was a National Promotional Partner of AASL's Banned Websites Awareness Day on Wednesday, October 3.
2012 Banned Books Week also featured the second annual Virtual Read-Out.
2010-2011 Banned Books Weeks
Compilation videos and photos from the FTRF Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund grant recipients can be found at the Krug Fund Banned Books Week Event Grants page.