Banned Books Week, Sept 18 – Sept 24, 2022, is a celebration of the freedom to read and the resistance to censorship worldwide. This year’s theme is “Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us.” Author George M. Johnson has been named Honorary Chair for Banned Books Week in 2022. Every year in the United States there are hundreds of requests across the country to remove books from libraries and schools. Alarmingly, the American Library Association reports that half of the most frequently challenged books were actually banned last year. “Sharing stories important to us means sharing a part of ourselves. Books reach across boundaries and build connections between readers. Censorship, on the other hand, creates barriers. Banned Books Week is both a reminder of the unifying power of stories and the divisiveness of censorship, and a call to action for readers across the country to push back against censorship attempts in their communities.” (American Library Association) Top Ten Book Challenges (2021) The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom creates a yearly top 10 frequently challenged books. Find out which titles made the 2021 list in the video below, then check out one of these titles to read.