In celebration of Banned Books Week, University of West Florida’s Britt McGowan constructed conversations between banned book characters, using only the words their authors gave them. Who’s your favorite character? Reply in the comments!
With Banned Books Week coming up, it’s time to start building your reading lists and displays. While there is no shortage of banned books to promote, it feels, at this point in time, important to especially highlight works by authors from marginalized groups.
During Banned Books Week, OIF is hosting a Rebel Reader Twitter Tournament and your library is invited to partner with us! Among the many benefits, partner libraries receive a digital tool kit and are entered into a drawing for intellectual freedom prizes.
Use the many resources available to you to make this Banned Books Week one of the best yet! Be sure to stay tuned to announcements from the Office of Intellectual Freedom with more details as we get closer to the date.
To this date, Chris has written 14 books — all have been challenged or banned. Yes, every single book he’s published has been challenged and many of them banned in classrooms. That alone should have you running to the CRU shelf of your library’s young adult section.
Rebel readers, programming librarians and bookworms can support the freedom to read in style. The annual Banned Books Week Box is stocked with the newest banned book products from the American Library Association, all at discounted prices.
Jung said that if Drama was banned from his middle school library — a place where he received most of his books — he might not have picked it up himself; he needed a “wise librarian” to recommend it to him.
I think the current political climate is reminding those of us willing to pay attention and remember, how dangerous attempts at thoughtless mind control can be, and how important the free exchange of ideas is to a true democracy.
Books have the powerful ability to open minds and be a messenger of peace and understanding, where characters, their voices and stories can transform social attitudes towards others by illustrating our shared humanity.
Books freed, nurtured, and challenged me. African Americans, having been denied literacy during slavery, have a special affinity for reading and writing as basic civil rights. While there weren’t many diverse books when I was growing up (and there still aren’t enough!), character-driven stories opened new landscapes, new possibilities for living, and deepened my empathy.