Join Us for Banned Books Week 2014 (with Giveaway)

Banned Books Week 2014

We are excited to feature some of our favorite banned books in celebration of Banned Books Week September 22 – 28, 2013. What is Banned Books Week? Here is the information, from the American Library Association website:

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. Check out the frequently challenged books section to explore the issues and controversies around book challenges and book banning. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.

We’re helping bring focus to this issue by highlighting some of our favorite banned reads:

The Glass Castle Jeannette WallsThe Hunger Games Suzanne CollinsBrave New World Aldous HuxleyTwilight Stephenie MeyerAnne Frank: The Diary of a Young GirlGo Ask AliceAngus, Thong, and Full Frontal Snogging Louise RennisonTo Kill a Mockingbird Harper LeeBlubber Judy BlumeAre you there God? It's me Margaret Judy BlumeAlice Phyllis Reynolds NaylorLooking for Alaska John GreenForever Judy Blume

We’re having a giveaway! You can choose any of the books we chose as our favorite banned books (listed above). To enter, just fill out the rafflecopter below:

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For more information on getting involved with Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read, please see Calendar of Events, Ideas and Resources, and the new Banned Books Week site. You can also contact the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4220, or


  1. Anne Consolacion says

    I love The Hunger Games trilogy and I don’t understand why it was banned. They may restrict it to some ages but ban it??

  2. If I win The Agony of Alice, I will donate it to my library. We don’t have it currently in our collection.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  3. The Hunger Games! Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. Fatma Shahin says

    the hunger games and harry potter for sure!<3

  5. Right now I’m reading Two Boys Kissing.

  6. Gabbie Pintac says

    Its been a while since I’ve last read To Kill a Mockingbird but I really liked it 🙂

  7. The Hunger Games.

  8. Tough choice. I can’t believe they banned Twilight. What for? I will always have a soft spot for that one since it was my first book I read and started my love of books. But since I don’t own it, my choice is The Hunger Games. Or Looking for Alaska (I haven’t read that one). Thanks for bringing awareness to banned books.

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  10. My favourite banned book is The Hunger Games & To Kill a Mockingbird.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  11. Meghan Stith says

    I like The Hunger Games series!

  12. To Kill a Mockingbird .. can’t believe they banned it.

  13. A lot of my favorite books have sadly found their way onto banned books lists. The Hunger Games, Looking for Alaska, and of course, Harry Potter. My all-time favorite banned book would probably always be To Kill A Mockingbird.

  14. Harry Potter, without a doubt. 🙂

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  15. My favorite is To Kill a Mockingbird. Thank you for the giveaway!

  16. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein….mostly because I cannot believe that this book would ever be banned or challenged.

  17. I think I’m gonna pick Looking for Alaska because I was blown away with Will Grayson, Will Grayson. I want to read more John Green.

    Thanks for the giveawsy.

  18. Love To Kill a Mockingbird… couldn’t believe they banned it.

  19. The Hunger Games for sure! I adore them. I can’t believe it would be banned.

  20. Im not sure if its banned but I know its been challenged, but Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell has to my favorite.

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