Publishers Support Banned Books Week with Events, Outreach and Activities

WASHINGTON--()--The Association of American Publishers (AAP) and our members are supporting the 34th annual Banned Books Week (#BannedBooksWeek), taking place Sept. 25 – Oct. 1. During this year’s celebration of Banned Books Week, publishers will thematically explore why diverse books are among the most frequently banned.

It is estimated that over half of all banned books are by authors of color, or contain events and issues concerning diverse communities, according to ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. Click here to see a slideshow of some of the most frequently banned books.

“Banning books by diverse authors or books dealing with people or situations that are unfamiliar or strange to the majority of Americans creates fear rather than promoting understanding,” said Judith Platt, AAP’s Director of Free Expression Advocacy. “Young people especially need books that shed light on a diversity of experience, background, culture, gender, and religion to create opportunities for learning and openness.”

Led by Penguin Random House and supported by Hachette Book Group, our member publishers, companies and organizations will be celebrating online and in person throughout the week. See below to learn more about upcoming interactive and community building events aimed at engaging readers and promoting the right to read:

  • Hachette Book Group is celebrating the week with a social shareable graphic campaign spearheaded by NOVL, Little Brown Books for Young Readers’ teen reading community. The campaign will use NOVL's social media channels:, TwitterFacebook, Instagram, and Hachette’s imprint and corporate social accounts.
  • HarperCollins Children’s Books social channels (including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) will have special content including quizzes, round-up of Harper banned books, banned book search page on, and special graphics and trailer for I AM A STORY by Dan Yaccarino. Epic Reads will also support Banned Book Week with banned book-themed posts.
  • SAGE Publishing teamed up with the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom and the Banned Books Week Publisher’s Task Force to run the 3rd annual Banned Books Readout Booth at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, FL in June. Find the readings and explanations about the importance of freedom to read from more than 200 conference attendees here.
  • Scholastic will highlight, through its vast network of social media channels - including Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook - some of its most prominent books that have been challenged. Scholastic's On Our Minds blog will feature a slideshow of book covers and will share related content on the various Scholastic social media accounts.
  • Simon & Schuster has a dedicated landing page where readers can participate in a sweepstakes to win a collection of banned books, or browse through a special catalog of banned books. There’s also a series of Facebook Live events planned with banned and challenged authors. Stop by their Rockefeller Center office to see the Banned Books Week display in the lobby, or participate in the conversation using #SSBannedBooks.
  • Sourcebooks will be doing flash giveaways through their social media channels of THIS BOOK IS GAY by Juno (James) Dawson, a YA nonfiction book that has recently been challenged. Find them on Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr and participate in the conversation.
  • Workman will be discussing Banned Books Week on their library marketing blog,, highlighting their titles that have been removed from school curricula.
  • Many publishers are using the #BannedBooksWeek hashtag and their social channels to promote and encourage discussions on advocacy for all readers, including Bloomsbury.

The Banned Books Week Coalition is a national alliance of organizations joined by a commitment to increase awareness of the annual celebration of the freedom to read. As a founding member of Banned Books Week, AAP continually works to advocate for the freedom of expression by combatting censorship in collaboration with other sponsor organizations representing booksellers, libraries, teachers, publishers, authors, journalists, college bookstores and anti-censorship groups.

About AAP

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) represents about four hundred member organizations including major commercial, digital learning and education and professional publishers alongside independents, non-profits, university presses and scholarly societies. We represent the industry’s priorities on policy, legislative and regulatory issues regionally, nationally and worldwide. These include the protection of intellectual property rights and worldwide copyright enforcement, digital and new technology issues, funding for education and libraries, tax and trade, censorship and literacy. Find us online at or on twitter at @AmericanPublish.

AAP is active in freedom of expression regionally, nationally and globally. Its Freedom to Read Committee serves as the publishing industry’s watchdog on a wide-ranging slate of free speech-related issues and its International Freedom to Publish group works to support challenged authors and publishers internationally.


Marisa Bluestone, 202-220-4558

Release Summary

Publishers are celebrating Banned Books Week Sept. 25 to Oct 1. Events & activities will advocate for freedom to read and thematically explore why diverse books are among the most frequently banned.


Marisa Bluestone, 202-220-4558