Banned Books Week is quickly approaching! As you’re planning your events for September 27 – October 3, don’t forget CBLDF Comics Connector! CBLDF Comics Connector is free directory that connects educators and librarians with creators, editors, and other comics professionals who are willing to visit classrooms and libraries.
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 bring parents and tween and teen readers in your community into your store or library!
The CBLDF Comics Connector is a free a resource that lists comics creators and industry professionals who are able to provide lectures and workshops for schools and libraries. The CBLDF Comics Connector is organized by country, followed by state or province, and entries in each state are alphabetical by creator’s last name. Currently, the CBLDF Comics Connector includes dozens of creators from 22 US states and three Canadian provinces. Odds are good you’ll be able to find someone who will participate in your Banned
Check out the CBLDF Comics Connector here. If you are a creator or industry professional who would like to be listed in the CBLDF Comics Connector, please fill out this Google Form, and we’ll add you to the list! Educators and librarians, if you have suggestions to improve this resource, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com!
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
- 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