The Bookworm, like many other independent bookstores, the American Booksellers Association, and the American Library Association, supports the right to read by curating and carrying a diverse selection of books for both children and adults. This notion has been challenged over the last year more than ever before. According to the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom, 1,597 books were challenged or banned in 2021, a dramatic increase over the 273 books challenged in 2020 and 566 in 2019.
Since its inception in 1982, Banned Books Week has been celebrated every September by schools, libraries, and bookstores who join together to combat book banning and highlight the previous year's most challenged books.
To celebrate this year's Banned Books Week, The Bookworm has launched a banned book subscription where you can receive one banned book per month and read them for yourself. There are three subscription options: Top Challenged and Banned Books of All Time (which includes mostly classics and adult titles), Current Challenged and Banned Books (which includes mostly young adult titles featuring LGBTQ+ characters and characters of color), or Send Me a Little of Both! (which includes a mix of classic and current challenged books). Fill out the form below to sign up!
To learn more about banned and challenged books head to the ALA's Office of Intellectual Freedom website: https://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks or the Banned Books Week Coalition website: https://bannedbooksweek.org.
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