Banned Books Week is October 1-7, 2023. This year’s theme is “Let Freedom Read.”

Banned Books Week highlights historical and current attempts to censor literature in school and libraries across the nation.  For more than 40 years, the annual event has brought together the book community (librarians, teachers, writers, readers and more!) to support the freedom to read.

Books are still being banned and challenged today.

  • challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group.
  • banning is the removal of those materials based on content.

Celebrate Banned Books Week this week with a visit to your local library or bookstore.

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The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.