Back to School with Comic Books: The CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook

CBLDF_BBWhb_wrapcover_FINAL_front_webThis year, Banned Books Week will take place September 21-27, and the focus is on comics and graphic novels! The CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook is a free resource that gives you the scoop about banned comics, how to report and fight censorship, and how to make a celebration of Banned Books Week in your community! CBLDF’s Banned Books Week Handbook is an essential tool to assist librarians, educators, and retailers in planning their Banned Books Week celebrations, while also being a vital reference to help readers everywhere fight censorship.

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 they may be planning. If you are organizing a public event such as a readout or book discussion, please email so we can let the world know! And of course don’t forget to also tell the coordinators at the American Library Association so your event can be featured on

CBLDF offers a variety of resources to help with your comics-themed event planning. First, the CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook is available to order in bundles. In the CBLDF Rewards Zone, you can also order a Banned Books Week kit, which includes a bundle of 50 handbooks plus 20 stickers and 10 buttons, all proclaiming the bearer’s love for banned comics! If your plans include a book discussion, we also have some free discussion guides for popular banned and challenged graphic novels.

Click here to download a copy of the CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook or read it below!