What is Banned Books Week?
An annual event usually held in September, Banned Books Week is a time to celebrate and promote the freedom to read.
Why are books challenged and banned?
Books are usually challenged and banned when they contain information or ideas that one group considers dangerous or harmful for another group. For example, oftentimes parents will challenge books in order to protect children from what they deem to be "inappropriate" content, whether this is in the form of topics or language. The ALA gives the top three reasons for challenging materials as: