Hello and happy Thursday everyone!
Throughout the week, I’ve been finding interesting articles about various topics that fall under the Banned Books Week theme, so I thought, why not share them?
The first article I found is about a librarian in New Jersey named Martha Hickson who created an app called Demo Defense to help other librarians fight against book challenges and bans. This is based on her experience from last year, when she fought against five book bans. It’s a super interesting read, and if you’re a librarian looking for resources, see if this might help!
This second article from NPR discusses the organized movements to get books banned, and Mass Resistance (an anti-LGBTQIA+ group), is highlighted in this article. It also applies to other organizations such as Moms For Liberty, who is another organization that has been backing many book challenges/bans.
Another article to check out is from The Week, and discusses the impact that book bans and challenges have on schools and libraries. It’s especially important as many of the challenges and bans are taking place in K-12 schools and libraries.
One more article I want to share is from the Washington Post, and is about the record amounts of book challenges increasing significantly compared to previous years. They also discuss a report from PEN America, which found that between,
“July 2021 and June 2022, there were 2,532 attempted book bans targeting 1,648 unique books. This newest count builds on a PEN America report published in April that found slightly more than 1,500 attempted book bans, targeting about 1,000 titles, between July 2021 and March 2022.”PEN America
Finally, I want to include this infographic I made for my Document Design class last year, which provides information on the difference between a book challenge and ban, as well as a short timeline of book banning.
For the sake of transparency, I want to mention that some of the information references statistics from 2020.
If you have any interesting articles you’d like to share, leave them in the comments below!
Otherwise, I will see you tomorrow with a new post!
P.S.: ACTUALLY, I’m not quite done yet 👀 I also wanted to highlight a special offer through Bookshop.Org for Banned Books Week!
Until September 24th, you can get 10% off of the banned books featured on this page using the code “BannedBooks22.” This includes books I mentioned on here such as The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, and Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. They also have graphic novels such as Maus, Genderqueer, and Flamer (I haven’t heard of this last graphic novel before, but it sounds good!).
All the individual books linked are affiliate links, which means I earn a small commission on each book you buy through the links!
I also want to add that Bookshop.Org also has a 20% off discount for select books by Latinx authors during Hispanic Heritage month, so be sure to check that out too! This includes titles such as The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas, The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende, and Olga Dies Dreaming by Xochitl Gonzalez. This sale ends October 15th, so take advantage of it while you can!