Dozens of books are banned or challenged in schools and libraries around the United States every year. This year, the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress organization is emphasizing censored Young Adult banned books.
According to the American Library Association,
“Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read … [I]t 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.
Ultimately, the goal of banned book week is to illuminate the adverse affects of censorship. Thanks to libraries, communities, and bookstores, these books remain available to the public, despite their banned status.
See the interactive map below for details on recently banned books all around the world.