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Banned Books

The what, how, and why of banned books.

What Is a Banned Book?

Censorship Causes Blindness by Antoon Kuper. Used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Considered unfit to read in schools or have in libraries, these books have been the target of censorship due to their contents. Books may be banned locally, but in some instances are banned nationally as well. A banned book is not illegal to read, but may be difficult to find. It is not uncommon for a book to be banned from some schools, but be on the reading lists for others.

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International LicenseIt is attributed to Butler University Libraries, and the original guide, Banned Books, can be found here. The guide has been modified from the original. 

Last modified August 26, 2017.

Banned Books Week 2018

September 23-29, 2018: Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Library Association and is held annually during the last week of September to celebrate the freedom of choice and the opportunity to express one's voice. Books that have been banned or censored are put on display in order to draw attention to the fact that all voices should be heard, even if they are from unpopular points of perspective.

Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.

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Sr. Jane Hassett CSJ reads 2009 and 2010's most contested book by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell. Nearly ten years later, And Tango Makes Three still makes the top ten list.

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