Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week celebrates intellectual freedom and the freedom to read. It’s hosted each September, by the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom, and will be held September 18-24, 2022. Grant Wood AEA’s Media Library has materials to support students, teachers and librarians who are interested in learning more about intellectual freedom and book challenges. The Grant Wood AEA Media Library strives to have materials and resources that support diverse learners’ interests and informational needs.

ProQuest SIRS Issues Researcher 

ProQuest SIRS Issues Researcher provides middle and high school students with information about leading issues, including banned books. Students can explore different viewpoints, topical discussion questions, a timeline of pertinent events, and more. 

AP Newsroom

AP Newsroom provides students and teachers with news articles, audio recordings, graphics, and images about the latest news, including intellectual freedom news.

Ban2 contains a wealth of resources to help educators engage readers through author interviews, lessons, articles, and more. There is a featured American Library Association Top 100 Most Banned and Challenged Books list that provides resources for each title.

Top 100 Most Banned and Challenged Books of the Past Decade

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Professional Material Recommendation: "Intellectual Freedom Manual" by Trina Magi

In "Intellectual Freedom Manual" by Trina Magi, the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom explains the meaning of intellectual freedom in library service, presents the texts and historical development of the American Library Association's intellectual freedom policies and guidelines, and includes essays in which the authors discuss intellectual freedom and the law, and how to combat censorship.

Intellectual Freedom Manual book cover


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