Banned Books Week is the annual celebration of the freedom to read. The 2016 celebration will be held September 25-October 1 and focus on diversity.
The Banned Books Week Coalition is a national alliance of like-minded organizations joined by a commitment to increase awareness of the annual celebration of the freedom to read. The Coalition seeks to engage various communities and inspire participation in Banned Books Week through education, advocacy, and the creation of programming about the problem of book censorship.
This year, the national coalition is highlighting diversity. A high percentage of the titles on ALA’s Top Ten Challenged Books List continue to fall into the category of “diverse content.” While diversity is seldom given as a reason for a challenge, it seems, in fact, to be an underlying and unspoken factor. These challenged works are often about people and issues which include LGBTQIA, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities—people or issues that, perhaps, challengers would prefer not to consider.