It's the start of Banned Books Week here in the U.S., "an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. . . . Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States."
As I reported back in April, LGBT children's classic And Tango Makes Three topped the American Library Association's list of most challenged books for the third year in a row, with the more recent Uncle Bobby's Wedding coming in at number eight. I'll be putting up relevant posts throughout the week over at Mombian, and I daresay there will be a few more posts about it here at Bilerico, by myself or others.
To get us all in the mood, however, after the jump is a cute public service announcement about the event, plus a very interesting map from Bannedbooksweek.org showing the geographic distribution of book challenges, 2007-2009. No, they're not all in red states, but exist across the country.