Get Ready for Banned Books Week

Get ready for Banned Books Week 2018 with tools from the Banned Books Week Coalition! Banning books silences stories, so speak up for the stories that matter to you by participating in this powerful event! Visit for resources supporting the annual celebration of the freedom to read, which will be held September 23 – 29.

As the attacks on free expression escalate, a celebration of reading is needed now more than ever. BBWC is here to support libraries, educational institutions, teachers, booksellers, and publishers in the United States and abroad. Visit to find resources to help you plan your celebration of the right to read, including:

Look for more resources in the coming weeks. Be sure to visit or follow us on Twitter to get the latest Banned Books Week and censorship news.

The 2018 theme, “Banning Books Silences Stories,” is a reminder that everyone needs to speak out against the tide of censorship. Please join us during Banned Books Week, September 23 – 29, 2018!

Learn more about the Top 10 Challenged Books of 2017 at and the challenges facing America’s libraries at

Banning Books Silences Stories


The Banned Books Week Coalition is an international alliance of diverse 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.

The Banned Books Week Coalition includes American Booksellers AssociationAmerican Library AssociationAmerican Society of Journalists and AuthorsAssociation of University PressesThe Authors GuildComic Book Legal Defense FundDramatists Legal Defense FundFreedom to Read FoundationIndex on CensorshipNational Coalition Against CensorshipNational Council of Teachers of EnglishPEN AmericaPeople for the American Way; and Project Censored. It is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Banned Books Week also receives generous support from DKT Liberty Project and Penguin Random House.

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