Dear Banned Author: A Collection of 29 Powerful Letters

Banned and Challenged Books, Banned Books Week, Censorship, General Interest

Postcard to Jason Reynolds, author of All American BoysThis Banned Books Week has been filled with literary advocacy. During the week, readers have been sending letters to banned and challenged authors, sharing how their words have made a difference.

While the activity — titled Dear Banned Author — raises awareness about censorship, it also highlights the power of words and stories. Some authors even use fan letters as support when there’s a public challenge to their work.

Below is a collection of 29+ letters and tweets to authors. If you’re interested in joining the conversation, follow #DearBannedAuthor or write to an author using this address list. Your words have the power to stop censorship and sway decisions. What will you say?

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“Dear Madeline L’Engle, I remember reading A Wrinkle in Time in Elementary School and it sparked a lifelong love [for] science fiction and fantasy. Seeing a young girl in a science fiction story taking on a leadership role let me see the potential of reading and what I could do. Thank you for your story and for inspiring me.”

“Dear Katherine Paterson, When I was about 7 and my brother was 9 yrs old, my mom read us Bridge to Terabithia. I just remember huddling together and listening to this story of friendship and adventures and loss. And when we cried, we were crying together, and I think we were kind of bonded by this shared empathy. I really like that memory, because it was a story that brought my family together. And I really loved my mom reading to me. Thank you for that!”

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