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Banned Books Week was established in 1982 by the Banned Books Weeks Coalition in honor of "a national alliance of diverse organizations joined by a commitment to increase awareness of the annual celebration of the freedom to read." These organizations include the American Library Association, the American Booksellers Association, the National Coalition Against Censorship, and more. The coalition's official website offers a number of helpful resources for writers, artists, educators, and readers who are concerned about censorship. One highlight of this resource is its list of Banned Books that Shaped America, available under the Censorship tab, which offers descriptions of some of the most famous instances of book challenges in the United States. Another highlight is the Virtual Read-Out, which offers a link to a YouTube channel featuring readers around the country, of all ages, reading out loud from famously banned and challenged books. Finally, the Resources tab offers links to additional websites and organizations that may be of interest.
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Date of Scout Publication 2017-09-29
Archived Scout Publication URL https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2017/0929

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