Since 1982, Banned Books Week has been an annual awareness campaign to celebrate the freedom to read, draw attention to banned and challenged books, and highlight individuals persecuted for what they publish or read. The American week, through organizations such as American Library Association, highlight the first two. The International week, highlighted by Amnesty International, focuses on the third.
Banned and challenged books are ones considered "inappropriate" or "offensive". The three top reasons, according to the American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom, for challenging a book are:
It should be noted the all sides of the political spectrum engage in challenging and banning books.
Some Quotes To Consider:
Brennan, William J., Jr. (Supreme Court Justice - Texas v. Johnson):
If there is a bedrock principle underlying the First Amendment, it is that the government may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea itself offensive or disagreeable.
Chomsky, Noam (Linguist, philosopher, political critic):
If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.
United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
Additional Lists of Quotes:
Awesome Quotes from 11 Famous Writers on Censorship - Buzzfeed.com
Censorship Quotations - Bella Online
Notable Quotes - American Library Association
Quotes About Banned Books - Goodreads.com
Top 11 Uncensored Quotes About Banned Books - Yahoo Voices
Text & selections: NF
According to the Alabama Library Association Office of Intellectual freedom, these are the ten most frequently challenged books in 2013 out of 307 challenges during that year.
If ASU does not have access as indicated, links go to that title's WorldCat Local record. You can click on "Worldwide libraries own this item" so you can see what libraries nearby have copies of the title.