PEN AMERICA NEEDS YOUR HELP.
In classrooms, school districts, and libraries across the country, the freedom to read is under assault by restrictions and bans on books.
Even as Florida Gov. DeSantis claimed book bans are a “nasty hoax,” dozens of books were removed from shelves in Martin County, Florida. For more on why shelves are empty, read our explainer on what’s happening in Florida. Book bans are a problem throughout the country. Our landmark Banned in the USA report found 2,532 instances of individual books being banned, affecting 1,648 unique book titles in the 2021-22 school year.
Join us to #FreeTheBooks by taking action and making your voice heard.
- Join PEN America in telling Martin County, Florida to put books back on shelves.
- Add your name to the growing band of activists working and striving to protect the written word.
- Stay informed of new threats and learn how you can help fight censorship by signing up for PEN America’s newsletter about educational censorship.
- Become a member of PEN America and join a dedicated community readers, writers, and free speech defenders.
FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS
Are you a student whose school or library has proposed or already removed or restricted access to books?
- Report book bans in your community, and get in touch with our experts.
- Our tip sheet, How to Fight Book Bans, has steps you can take to organize readers, writers, and educators in your community and fight back against bans, gag orders, and restrictions.
- Learn more about our Free Expression Advocacy Institutes, PEN America’s signature educational and training programs which are designed to provide students with innovative opportunities to learn about and take action on free expression issues in the United States and worldwide.
- Help other learn about book bans by sharing our book bans FAQ.
- Learn how to plan a peaceful protest.
Are you an author whose book has been restricted, banned, or threatened for removal?
- Start with our tip sheet for authors, So, Your Book Has Been Challenged.
- Stay in touch with PEN America and other writers who believe in the power of free speech by becoming a professional member today.
Are you a librarian facing threats, harassment, or pressure to remove books from your shelves?
- Start with our tip sheet for librarians, which is intended to equip librarians with strategies to navigate online abuse.
- 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, Instagram, and TikTok for updates on the latest news in attempts to restrict the freedom to read.
Banned in the USA: The Growing Movement to Censor Books in Schools
America’s Censored Classrooms
The Reading List
[Virtual] The Media’s Role in the Era of Book BansTueNovember 12022
Book Bans and Disinformation: The Ties Between Media Literacy and the Freedom to ReadWedOctober 122022
Let’s Get Organized: Fighting Book Bans TogetherSatSeptember 242022
READ THE LATEST
These books are banned in Martin County, FloridaMarch 13, 2023
Florida Book Bans Are No Hoax: Here Are The FactsMarch 10, 2023
PEN America CEO Suzanne Nossel Responds to Remarks by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis that Book Bans Are a ‘Hoax’March 8, 2023
Report A Book Ban
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