Banned Books Week 2015 is coming up September 27 – October 3. As a sponsor of the annual week celebrating the freedom to read, CBLDF wants to hear from librarians, retailers, educators, publishers, and others about any events or displays they may be planning!
This year, Banned Books Week celebrates young adult books, and many of the comics that are challenged are for young adults or challenged in schools! Two of the three comics on ALA’s list of the ten most frequently challenged books in 2014 — Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis and Raina Telgemeier’s Drama — are enjoyed by young adult audiences. So, this is a perfect chance to organize events that will engage parents and tween and teen readers in your community!
If you are planning a Banned Books Week event, let us know about it! We’ll post a calendar of events before Banned Books Week and plug it on social media. Send the info about your event to firstname.lastname@example.org!
We’ll be putting up more Banned Books Week resources in the coming weeks. As you’re planning your events or developing your library and classroom curricula, be sure to check out these other valuable CBLDF resources:
- CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook
- CBLDF Comics Connector
- CBLDF Banned Books Week Gear Bundle
- Raising A Reader: How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love to Read!
- Using Graphic Novels in Education
- Adding Graphic Novels to Your Library or Classroom Collection
- CBLDF Discussion Guides
- CBLDF Banned Comics Case Studies
- Comic Book Club Handbook
- CBLDF Presents: Manga
- Working With Libraries: A Handbook For Comics Creators
Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association, American Booksellers for Free Expression, American Library Association, American Society of Journalists and Authors, Association of American Publishers, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, Freedom to Read Foundation, National Association of College Stores, National Coalition Against Censorship, National Council of Teachers of English, PEN American Center, People for the American Way Foundation, and Project Censored.