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, Banned Books Week is now a national—even international—celebration of the freedom to read.
Since 2010, FTRF has awarded grants via the Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund for Banned Books Week Read-Outs and other events.
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.
Information about banned and challenged books
ALA on frequently challenged books
Banned Books Week 2015
Banned Books Week 2015 will take place September 27–October 3. Young Adult books will be the focus of the national campaign. FTRF again will provide event grants via the Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund.
Banned Books Week 2014
Banned Books Week 2014 took place September 21–27. The primary emphasis will be on banned & challenged comics and graphic novels. For the fifth consecutive year, FTRF provided event grants via the Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund.
Past Banned Books Weeks
For information on past years' Banned Books Weeks, including videos and photos from the FTRF Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund grant recipients, click on the link for each year.
Banned Books Week 2013
Banned Books Week 2012
2012 marked the 30th Anniversary of Banned Books Week. It was also the first year FTRF was an official sponsor of Banned Books Week.
Banned Books Week 2011
Banned Books Week 2010