PEN AMERICA NEEDS YOUR HELP TO #FREETHEBOOKS

In classrooms, school districts, and libraries across the country, the freedom to read is under assault by restrictions and bans on books. Join us to #FreeTheBooks by taking action and making your voice heard.

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  • Download this sign and post a photo of yourself holding it with the hashtag #FreeTheBooks to show you cherish the right to read.
  • Follow PEN America on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram for updates on the latest news in attempts to restrict the freedom to read.

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Are you a student whose school or library has proposed or already removed or restricted access to books?

BE READ

Are you an author whose book has been restricted, banned, or threatened for removal?

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PEN America’s latest report on book bans, Banned in the USA: The Growing Movement to Censor Books in Schools, explores the forces behind localized efforts to target books.

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PEN America’s latest report on educational gag orders, America’s Censored Classrooms, analyzes the landscape of educational censorship as of August 2022 and predicts the future of these punitive assaults on education.

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Books are disappearing from library shelves and being decreed off-limits by school boards, legislators, and private citizens. PEN America tracks book bans in libraries and classrooms across America in our Index of School Book Bans, updated weekly.

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In this Banned Books Week reading list, we’ve chosen to spotlight 78 of the most banned books in America. Each book on this list has been banned at least 4 times from libraries and classrooms. Books by authors of color, LGBT+ authors, and women. Books about racism, sexuality, gender, and history.

READ THE LIST

 

 

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