Banned Books Take Over DC

Banned and Challenged Books, Intellectual Freedom Round Table
IFRT’S banned book flyers, featuring All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson

Remember in the before times, at ALA annual conferences when there would be a videographer set up in the conference hall, usually near registration and attendees could record a video of themselves reading their favorite banned or challenged book and it would be posted to the Banned Books Week YouTube channel? This year, we’re taking the banned books OUT of the conference center and into the city.

At this year’s ALA conference, you can show some love for your favorite banned and challenged books by snapping a photo of one of IFRT’S banned book flyers (like this one, featuring All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson) as you explore Washington D.C. We are hoping to see banned books at monuments, restaurants, and museums galore. Meet authors, take a picture (and tag the author!). Attend sessions, take a picture. Swap with friends, visit the ALA lounge for others. Take a PICTURE!

Other banned books (listed below) will have flyers of their own, available in the ALA Lounge

  1. All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson
  2. Fun Home by Allison Bechdel
  3. This Book is Gay by Juno Dawson
  4. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  5. All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
  6. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  7. Front Desk by Kelly Yang
  8. Stamped by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
  9. Lawn Boy by Jonathan Evison
  10. Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe
  11. New Kid by Jerry Kraft
  12. Too Bright to See by Kyle Lukoff
  13. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  14. The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
  15. Beyond Magenta by Susan Kuklin
  16. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
  17. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  18. This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki
  19. Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
  20. Drama by Raina Telgemeier
  21. Melissa by Alex Gino
  22. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  23. Maus by Art Spiegleman
  24. In the Dream House by Carman something
  25. Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
  26. Crank by Ellen Hopkins
  27. Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez
  28. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
  29. Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany Jackson
  30. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  31. Persepeolis by Marjane Sartrapi
  32. 1984 by George Orwell
I read banned books

Did your favorite banned book not make the list? Don’t worry; here’s a template so you can make your own!

And make sure to tag #BannedbooksDC, #ALAAC22, and @IFRT_ALA (Twitter) or @intellectualfreedomroundtable (Insta). Who knows… you might even win some banned books swag!  

One thought on “Banned Books Take Over DC

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.