Today, books in the US are under profound attack. They are disappearing from library shelves, being challenged in droves, being decreed off limits by school boards, legislators, and prison authorities. And everywhere, it is the books that have long fought for a place on the shelf that are being targeted. Books by authors of color, by LGBTQ+ authors, by women. Books about racism, sexuality, gender, history. PEN America pushes back against the banning of books and the intolerance, exclusion, and censorship which undergirds it.
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Banned in the USA: Rising School Book Bans Threaten Free Expression and Students’ First Amendment Rights
The Children and Young Adult Books Committee
Books written for children and young adults are among the most frequently contested by groups wishing to remove them from libraries and school curricula. PEN America’s Children’s and Young Adult Books Committee, a Members’ coalition of award-winning writers and illustrators and dedicated readers who meet monthly, has produced the series, PEN Pals, which gives voice to the challenged creators of books for children and young adults through a nuanced exchange that illuminates today’s issues.