Everything you need to celebrate Banned Books Week! Boasting a cover by Jeff Smith, whose series Bone is one of America's most frequently challenged books, the CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook is a free resource that gives you the scoop about what comics are banned, how to report and fight censorship, and how to make a celebration of Banned Books Week in your community! Highly Recommended!
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is a proud member of the national Banned Books Week planning committee, and this handbook was designed to help paremts, readers, teachers, students librarians, retailers, and more, to understand the history of book banning in the world of comics.
Recently, the acclaimed memoir Fun Home by Alison Bechdel, has been the flashpoint in a university funding controversy in South Carolina, while last year Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi, faced an attempted ban in the Chicago Public Schools. Graphic novels continually show up on the American Library Association’s (ALA) Top 10 list of Frequently Challenged Books. The ALA released its current list in April and includes Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants at the top spot and Jeff Smith’s series Bone arriving at #10.
“The CBLDF is pleased to be a part of the coalition that makes Banned Books Week such a vital time to celebrate the freedom to read,” said CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein. “It’s shocking that books are still banned and challenged. Comics are especially vulnerable to those challenges. With this year’s Banned Books Week focus, we welcome the opportunity to engage the public in a vital dialogue about intellectual freedom and the powerful role comics serve.”
Banned Books Week celebrates the Freedom to Read by encouraging readouts, displays, and community activities designed to raise awareness of the ongoing threats of censorship that continue to occur.
CBLDF.org offers a broad range of resources about banned and challenged comics, as well as tools that libraries, retailers and individuals can use to develop their own Banned Books Week celebrations. This handbook is the first of many planned publications.
The BANNED BOOKS WEEK HANDBOOK was made possible by a grant from the Gaiman Foundation. This item is available in bundles.
A "Banned Books Week KIT" is also available, featuring a bundle of the Handbook, and a set of 20 "I READ BANNED COMICS Stickers, and ten "I READ BANNED COMICS" buttons.