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Banned Books Week 2017: Sept. 24 - Sept. 30

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Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers — in shared support of the freedom to seek and express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

To continue to raise awareness about the harms of censorship and the freedom to read, the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) publishes an annual list of the Top Ten Most Challenged Books, using information from public challenges reported in the media, as well as censorship reports submitted to the office through its challenge reporting form.

Find out which books made the Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2016 and explore Top Ten talking points, infographics and social media art on the Top Ten resource page. View the 2017 State of America’s Library Report for more information on censorship, library trends and research.

Rebel Reader Twitter Tournament

Words Have Power. Now is not the time to be silent about censorship.

The American Library Association invites you to speak out against censorship this Banned Books Week. Join the Rebel Reader Twitter Tournament and challenge yourself to complete action items on Twitter to be entered into a drawing for fantastic literary prizes. Similar to the Triwizard Tournament in the banned and challenged Harry Potter series, these tasks will test your creativity and knowledge.

How to enter the drawing

Tweet any of the following action items using the hashtag #RebelReader during Banned Books Week (September 24-30) for a chance to win an array of literary prizes.


Follow us on Twitter as we announce the winners of the Rebel Reader Twitter Tournament! One winner will be chosen on every day of Banned Books Week 2017 at 4 p.m. Central. Each winner will recieve a tote bag with the following items:

A special thank you to Litographs , Raina Telgemeier , Alex Gino , Mariko Tamaki  and Jillian Tamaki  for their generous donations and for supporting Banned Books Week and the right to read. Help us say thank you on Twitter!


In addition to the ALA-sponsored tournament at a national level, libraries and nonprofits are invited to partner with us and encourage their community to participate locally. Learn more about the benefits of a Rebel Reader partnership here. (The views, missions and opinions of the Rebel Reader Twitter Tournament partners do not necessarily reflect the views of the American Library Association.)

American Library Association
@ALALibraryFreedom to Read Foundation
@FTRFPenny Payte McLeaish
Learning Resource Center

@Cruz23MacResnick Library


Official rules will be available September 1. General takeaway points: 

  • You must be 13 or older.
  • Eligible tweets follow one of the eight tasks and uses the hashtag #RebelReader.
  • One eligible tweets equals one entry into the drawing.
  • Multiple entries are welcomed, but duplicate tweets are discouraged .


Contact ALA Banned Books Week at or tweet us at @OIF. May the odds be ever in your favor!