Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week 2023

Top 13 Most Challenged Books of 2022 with sections of the book covers in squares below the text

What is Banned Books Week?

For over 20 years, the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) has gathered statistics on the books that are challenged across the country. Every Spring, they release a recap of the Top 10 Most Challenged Books. These annual lists–which often feature books that are about minority and LGBTQ+ communities–create awareness about censorship attempts in libraries.

In 2022, there were over 1,200 attempts to ban library materials and over 2,500 books targeted, the highest amount submitted since OIF began tracking (Garcia, 2023).

There were several ties last year, so there are actually 13 Most Challenged Books this year as opposed to the typical Top 10 list. You can check out parts of the book covers in the photo above, and if you want to read one of the titles, you can find them in our catalog using the list below!

American Library Association. (n.d.) Top 13 Most Challenged Books of 2022.

Garcia, R. (2023, March 22) American Library Association reports record number of demands to censor library books and materials in 2022.

Join Us the Week of October 1st

If you're on campus and have a Stanford ID, visit Lane Library during Banned Books Week (October 1-7) to participate in banned book-themed activities! Banned Book Week activities include:

  • Guess the Book: We'll give you a clue and you have to guess the associated banned book.
  • Have You Read These Books?: We'll have a poster with the most challenged books from the last decade; put a little mark next to the books you’ve read. We will have our banned book collection on display in the Duck Room. Check it out and bring one home to read!
  • To Ban or Not to Ban Jar: Is there ever a good reason to ban a book? We'll have a jar with marbles, answer anonymously with a marble in a cup marked yes or no. Check in next week to see the results!
  • Banned Book Questions: By the Duck Room, we'll have a white board with a series of questions relating to banned books. Share your response(s) on a sticky note. We'll gather the responses and share them the week after!
  • Puzzle Time!: We'll have a 500-piece banned book puzzle for you to put together.

Can’t make it to the library? We also have virtual activities! Check back in on this guide, and keep an eye on our social media pages for images and recaps!

Top 13 Most Challenged Books of 2023