Banned Books Week 2016: The History of Banned Books

Blog Post created by nicole.desiato Employee on Sep 28, 2016

In honor of Banned Books Week 2016, we continue our examination of banning books. Yesterday, we looked at the Banned Books Week 2016: The Most Frequently Challenged Books. Today, we take a look at the history of Banned Books.


A quick search of "the history of banned books" brings up tons of resources -- but which are best to use?


PBS provides activities and lessons to use with students in high school. One even includes a letter about censorship of a piece in an AP* English course. You can check them out here: The history of book banning in America – Lesson Plan | Lesson Plan | PBS NewsHour Extra



The Huffington Post provides a short list of significant moments in the history of banned books -- have you read any of these titles? 6 Historical High Points For Book Banning | Huffington Post



This infographic from Electric Literature provides a timeline of banned books, and gives the reasons why: