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Banned Books Week is a chance for all of us to celebrate our freedom to read and to bring attention to the harms of censorship.

Each year, the American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom receives hundreds of reports on book challenges, which are formal written requests to remove a book from a library or classroom because of an objection to the book's content.

"Not every book is right for each reader, but we should have the right to think for ourselves and allow others to do the same," said ALA President Roberta Stevens. "How can we live in a free society and develop our own opinions if our right to choose reading materials for ourselves and our families is taken away? We must remain diligent and protect our freedom to read."

Below is a list of 10 popular Graphic Novels that have faced removal.

For a complete list of challenged and banned books please visit www.ala.org/bbooks. You may also visit BannedBooksWeek.org, become a fan on Facebook or follow the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom at @oif on Twitter (hash tag #bannedbooksweek) to learn more!

“Absolute Sandman,” by Neil Gaiman
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