Banned Books Week



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Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week 2023 will take place October 1 to October 7


Launched in 1982, Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community and is typically held each year during the last week of September. Today, Banned Books Week coverage by mainstream media reaches an estimated 2.8 billion readers.

This year's theme is Let Freedom Read, more details and assets for the digital kit will be released over the next few weeks.


Physical Kit

The form to receive a Banned Books Week kit is now closedAccess to digital kit assets here.

Let Freedom Read assetsBanned Books Week kits are sent annually to participating stores and include materials to decorate your store and educate customers about the freedom to read. Supplies are limited and are fulfilled on a first-come, first-served basis. We ask that each bookstore branch fill out its own form. Online-only stores and international stores are NOT eligible to receive kits.

This year’s Banned Books Week kit includes Let Freedom Read bookmarks and buttons; a Let Freedom Read poster, sponsored by Ingram; and caution tape for creating an eye-catching display.


Ingram is providing a 2 percent discount: As part of the Banned Books Week celebration, Ingram is offering a two percent discount on banned and challenged titles. The promotion is running from August 21 through October 7, 2023. Place your orders from a list of banned and challenged titles on ipage®. No promotional code is needed. (For more information about the Ingram program or to place an order, contact your Ingram sales representative, call Ingram Customer Care, (800) 937-8200, or email


Digital Kit

I Read Dangerously merch & assets

Let Freedom Read printable handouts and social media assets

Banned Books Week Coalition logo

American Library Association (ALA) assets

(Note: The images and downloadables from the Banned Books Week Coalition are free to use for non-monetized, promotional purposes in support of Banned Books Week. Images cannot be used for fundraising or salable merchandise.)

ABFE’s Free Expression Resources: Resources include a tool to educate customers about banned books, how to handle a records request about school district orders, sample template letters to school and library boards, and tips for handling trolls on social media.

Unite Against Book Bans Tools and Resources

ALA’s Top 13 Most Challenged Books of past years

Celebrate Banned Books Week Handbook: The handbook includes programming ideas, best practices for events, and tips for decorating your store.

The ABA Right to Read Toolkit: How Booksellers and Readers Can Resist Book Bans

ALA’s “Get Involved” resources: The resources include a Stand for the Banned read-out, a Dear Banned Author letter-writing campaign, actions for each day of Banned Books Week, and more.

Visit the Banned Books Week Coalition’s events page for continuously updated event information. If you are hosting your own Banned Books Week event, be sure to register it online to be included on the Banned Books Week event calendar.

NEW! Click image to view the ABA Right to Read Toolkit. 

Banned Books Week Hashtags

A list of hashtags associated with this year’s event are: #BannedBooksWeek, #BannedBooks, and #BannedBooksList.

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