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Explore Resources for Banned Books Week

By Wes Ford
 | Sep 19, 2022
Girl reading book

 

This week, September 17 through 24, is Banned Book Week, an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. This event calls to light the hundreds of challenges that are made in an effort to remove books from public schools and libraries. A proud member of the Unite Against Book Bans movement, a campaign organized by the American Library Association (ALA), ILA has long stood against censorship and supported children's rights to read.

Here are some resources to help you stand up against censorship and promote a love of reading in students.

Children’s Rights to Read

ILA's Children’s Rights to Read initiative, founded on 10 fundamental rights every child deserves, was developed to ensure that every child, everywhere, has access to the education, opportunities, and resources needed to read. These resources expand on and support the Rights (downloadable in 16 languages), helping you enact them in in your classroom, school, or community: 

Webinars

Both of these ILA Digital Events are available on our YouTube channel, along with several other videos in our Free Events playlist.

Toolkits

Several organizations have created informational guides and resource packets with promotional material and suggestions on how to guide discussion and lead action around fighting book bans.

Special Interest Groups

Censorship silences the voices of marginalized populations. Our Children’s Literature and Reading Special Interest Group (CL/R SIG) uplifts diverse voices with their annual Notable Books for a Global Society book list.

Articles

ILA Briefs

Blog posts

How are you advocating for a child’s rights to read during Banned Books Week? Let us know by emailing social@reading.org or tagging us on social media. Follow us on Twitter for more resources, articles, and events, and be sure to use the hashtag #BannedBooksWeek and our handle, @ILAToday, when sharing your events.

 

Wes Ford is proud to stand with ILA against censorship and banning books.

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