It’s Banned Books Week. This week:
is an annual awareness campaign that celebrates the freedom to read, draws attention to banned and challenged books, and highlights persecuted individuals. The United States campaign “stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them” and the requirement to keep material publicly available so that people can develop their own conclusions and opinions. The international campaign notes individuals “persecuted because of the writings that they produce, circulate or read.”
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Here are my choices for The Best Resources For Banned Books Week (feel free to suggest more):
Here’s an infographic from the ACLU.
Here’s the official website of Banned Books Week.
The American Library Association has a list of frequently challenged books.
— Larry Ferlazzo (@Larryferlazzo) September 23, 2014
— Int’l Reading Assoc (@IRAToday) September 23, 2014
Banned Books By The Numbers (INFOGRAPHICS) is from The Huffington Post.
Censorship of books in US prisons and schools ‘widespread’ – report to UN is from The Guardian.
33 Must-Read Books To Celebrate Banned Books Week is from BuzzFeed.
Discrimination in Banned Books is a lesson plan from Teaching Tolerance.
Please include attribution to Readers.com with this graphic.
How Banning Books Marginalizes Children is from The Atlantic.
The top 10 books Americans tried to ban last year is from Quartz.
Older people and Republicans, threatening free speech is from The Washington Post.
Here’s an impressive interactive infographic on Banned Books.
Students: Have your parents, teachers or school administrators ever forbidden you from reading a book because they thought its content or characters were inappropriate for someone your age? #BannedBooksWeek https://t.co/chOwXJPpWO
— NYT Learning Network (@NYTimesLearning) September 25, 2019
Celebrating Banned Books Week Means Advocating for LGBTQ Texts appeared in Teaching Tolerance.
Banned Books Week runs from September 26th through October 2nd and the titles on this year’s list include @angiecthomas @DrIbram @nhannahjones @ClintSmithIII@halseanderson @JasonReynolds83
and many more. #readingcommunity purchase a #book today https://t.co/pwN9qMnik9
— Kimiko Pettis (@kcpteachertips) September 26, 2021
@nhannahjones on the meaning of #BannedBooksWeek. “the fact that we’re all talking about this fake controversy called critical race theory really speaks to how successful the public propaganda campaign has been.” https://t.co/qUzzLxgTYH
— Chuck Lichtman (@ChuckLichtman) September 28, 2021
“This is actually trying to control the collective memory of this country,” Nikole Hannah-Jones told CNN. “And trying to say we just want to purge uncomfortable truths from our collective memory. And that’s very dangerous.”https://t.co/Y4LhPyv7sY
— Poynter (@Poynter) September 27, 2021
Book Ban Efforts Spread Across the U.S. is from The NY Times.
My Young Mind Was Disturbed by a Book. It Changed My Life. appeared in The NY Times.
Current weather: A blizzard of snowflakes in the red states is from The Washington Post.
Book bans are back in style is from Axios.
Why book banning is back is from Vox.
This wave of book bans is different from earlier ones is from The Washington Post.
In Tennessee, the ‘Maus’ Controversy Is the Least of Our Worries is from The NY Times.
‘Unparalleled in intensity’ – 1,500 book bans in US school districts. is from The Guardian.
Book Banning Efforts Surged in 2021. These Titles Were the Most Targeted. is from The NY Times.
“This moment we’re in right now was inevitable. It is a backlash to the protests of 2020, this feeling that these racial justice efforts have gone too far.” – @nhannahjones https://t.co/XF4BrF4oaX via @itskelseybutler
— Maria Cuomo Cole (@MariaCuomoCole) March 31, 2022
You will find more infographics at Statista
You will find more infographics at Statista
Developing Digital Detectives: Rethinking Banned Books Week is from The School Library Connection.
New from @serrano_alej and me: The wave of book reviews and removals that swept across Texas in the last year was driven more by politicians than parents, a Houston Chronicle analysis found.
Story w/ database of 2,080 book reviews, challenges and bans:https://t.co/YRTgUcJuqL
— Hannah Dellinger (@hdellingermedia) August 10, 2022
Students lose access to books amid ‘state-sponsored purging of ideas’ https://t.co/KdeGBJvmjN
— Larry Ferlazzo (@Larryferlazzo) August 17, 2022
Tennessee Education Association Pres. Tanya Coats says they’re getting complaints from educators across the state about a new law that’s creating extra work for teachers by requiring them to itemize and post all books and instructional materials on line. https://t.co/ui2H1OZSmt
— Gene Bryant (@GeneBryant2) August 18, 2022
This piece about book banners in Texas illustrates how this has become a national threat, driven by groups with extreme views who are better organized than in the past and supported by GOP politicians https://t.co/A1VigGFXUU
— Don Moynihan (@donmoyn) September 11, 2022
Banned Books, Censored Topics: Teaching About the Battle Over What Students Should Learn is from The NY Times Learning Network.
How book bans are affecting schools and libraries is from The Week.
A Fast-Growing Network of Conservative Groups Is Fueling a Surge in Book Bans is from The NY Times.
These posts from FLORIDA teachers having to remove every book from their classrooms because of Republican bannings are heartbreaking. Some schools are banning kids from bringing in any books because they’re afraid teachers might go to jail.
This is modern day America. pic.twitter.com/KkcKIfhlby
— Willie Edward Taylor Carver Jr. (@WillieETCarver) January 20, 2023
A Framework for Resisting Book Bans is by Daniel Liou and Kelly Deits Cutler.
How to fight book bans — and win https://t.co/5lxGGT5Wk1
— Larry Ferlazzo (@Larryferlazzo) April 5, 2023
Book Bans Rising Rapidly in the U.S., Free Speech Groups Find is from The NY Times.
South has a record of passing laws to throw publishers in jail for their books. New law reminds me of 1830s when South went after abolitionists & basically any textbook not written in the South. Can’t wait to share the story in my book Dangerous Learning. https://t.co/ssnWtRe8EP
— Derek W. Black (@DerekWBlack) May 9, 2023
A Georgia school district may have violated its students’ civil rights by removing certain books from its libraries, creating a “hostile environment” for students based on race, sex or national origin, said the U.S. Department of Education. https://t.co/r5m4HHbd8r pic.twitter.com/eN8xJM7QyN
— The New York Times (@nytimes) May 22, 2023
Objection to sexual, LGBTQ content propels spike in book challenges https://t.co/x4lOofmel0
— Larry Ferlazzo (@Larryferlazzo) May 24, 2023
This is what a common sense policy looks like. Restrict books for YOUR child, not for other people’s children. https://t.co/Q779auAEOY
— Diana Leygerman (@dinachka82) June 21, 2023
This Summer, I Became the Book-Banning Monster of Iowa is from The NY Times.