September 21st to the 27th is Banned Books Week, an annual event which highlights the value of free and open access to information. Every year, thousands of books are targeted for removal or restrictions in libraries and schools, and while books do continue to be banned, the majority of the titles remain available. This is in large part to the efforts of teachers, librarians, students, and community members who speak out for the freedom to read.
Certain titles have become perennial favorites as the targets of banning efforts, including Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. More recently, titles such as The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, have been challenged.
For more information on banned and challenged books, The American Library Association has developed a timeline celebrating three decades of liberating literature, and the Huffington Post has created a series of infographics on banned books in the United States.