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Banned Books Week

October 1, 2023 - November 7, 2023

All students deserve the freedom to read

Banned Books Week: October 1-7, 2023

Books are a powerful tool for understanding our similarities and our differences and learning our shared stories of confronting injustice. All students deserve the freedom to read stories as diverse and complex as the society we live in.

Yet, some politicians hope that by censoring diverse ideas, stories, and people, they can keep us divided and distracted from their failures to give our students everything they need to thrive.

When politicians ban books, they take away some students’ ability to see themselves and they hurt all students’ freedom to imagine a better future. Consider that of the 1,600 books banned in the 2022-23 school year:

  • 37% feature characters of color or themes of race and racism
  • 36% feature LGBTQ+ characters or themes
  • 34% include topics on health and wellbeing for students

Join educators across the country in our effort to ensure that all students need look no further than the shelves of their own school and classroom libraries to find books that reflect and honor their experiences or that offer insight into someone else’s world.

Participate in this year’s Banned Books Week by:

Other actions you can take:

  1. Read Diverse Books! 
    Take NEA’s Read Across America Diverse Book Challenge and create opportunities in your community for parents and students to understand and support the value of diverse books for all.
  2. Be a Voice for the Freedom to Read!
    Learn how to talk about censorship, raise community awareness, and enlist the support of others to put an end to book bans and safeguard democratic freedoms.Make a plan to print multiple bookmarks with messages that show your opposition to banning books and your commitment to great public education that includes books that reflect and celebrate all students’ identities, experiences, and cultures.

Details

Start:
October 1, 2023
End:
November 7, 2023