PEN Pals

The words, "PEN Pals: An interview series of children's and young adult books authors whose works have been challenged."

PEN America’s Children’s and Young Adult Books Committee (CYAB), a Members’ coalition of award-winning writers and illustrators and dedicated readers who meet monthly, is responding to recent efforts to ban books and intimidate teachers and librarians with “PEN Pals.” This series of interviews gives voice to the challenged creators of books for children and young adults through a nuanced exchange that illuminates today’s issues. We welcome you to read and discuss the content with your networks. We also encourage you to join PEN America and support free expression.

—Fatima Shaik, CYAB co-chair

2022 Interviews

2021 Interviews

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