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Mapping Banned Books in the U.S.

censormap.jpgThis week is Banned Books Week, an annual reminder of the hundreds of books that face censorship every year. As that interactive map shows, book banning is a problem all over the United States.

If you want to find out which books were banned recently, check out a PDF copy of Books Challenged or Banned in 2007-2008 list and Time Magazine‘s top ten list of banned books. In addition, here’s a long list of sponsors of this important week: American Booksellers Association; American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression; the American Library Association; American Society of Journalists and Authors; Association of American Publishers; and the National Association of College Stores.

Here’s more from the website: “There are hundreds of challenges to books in schools and libraries in the United States every year. According to the American Library Association (ALA), there were at least 513 in 2008. But the total is far larger. 70 to 80 percent are never reported. This map is drawn from cases documented by ALA and the Kids’ Right to Read Project, a collaboration of the National Coalition Against Censorship and the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression.

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