anned Book Week started 40 years ago as a celebration of the freedom to read but the librarian-led movement is shifting into the world of grassroots organizing as an unprecedented number of book-ban efforts have emerged around the country.

The ALA, together with many other people and organizations, created the Unite Against Book Bans initiative to give local community tools for organizing and communication in order to counter the growing movement of book banning and censorship.

For anyone to employ right now to combat book censorship in their neighborhoods, Unite Against Book Bans provides useful tools, according to Caldwell-Stone. To support their local libraries and take part in this discussion, it is crucial that everyone is aware of what is happening with their local boards.

According to Caldwell-Stone, the action is a direct reaction to the special interest groups that have targeted elected officials with coordinated efforts to ban books about experiences in the LGBTQ, Black, and indigenous communities, as well as other marginalised groups, from public libraries.

According to the American Library Association, several of the books that made up the top 10 most problematic titles last year had recurring themes.

1. Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe 2. Lawn Boy by Jonathan Evison 3. All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson 4. Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez 5. The Hate U Give by Angie Thoma

6. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie 7. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrew 8. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison 9. This Book is Gay by Juno Dawson 10. Beyond Magenta by Susan Kuklin