It’s that time of year again: Banned Books Week! BBW, spearheaded by the American Library Association, is an annual celebration of freedom to read. Every year — yes, even in 2014 — libraries and schools around the country receive dozens of challenges. In 2012, 462 challenges were reported, and the ALA estimates that more than 70% of challenges aren’t reported.
In recognition of your freedom to read (and listen), I want to highlight some things to read/listen to/watch to get in the spirit of BBW. Let me know what you think, and feel free to share more ideas in the comments!
- [Censored] – Cardigan-Clad Culinary
- Top Ten Challenged Books of 2013 – American Library Association
- Best of Banned Books – Goodreads
- List of books banned by governments – Wikipedia
- How Books Can Open Your Mind – Lisa Bu via Ted Talks
- Virtual Read-Out – Banned Books Week via Youtube
- First Amendment Film Festival – ALA
- How Book Banning Works – Stuff You Should Know
- Secret ‘Dangers’ of Kiddie Lit – NPR
- When Sex Won’t Sell – NPR