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Celebrate the Freedom to Read With CBLDF’s New Banned Books Week Handbook!
The national Banned Books Week planning committee, today announced that this year’s celebration of the freedom to read will emphasize a thematic focus on comics and graphic novels. This year’s Banned Books Week, Sept. 21 – 27, will shine a light on this still misunderstood form of storytelling and will celebrate the value of graphic novels to readers from all walks of life through the work performed by Banned Books Week sponsors and individual librarians, retailers and readers from all over the world.
The Banned Books Week Hero spotlight of the day goes to student activist, Isaiah Zukowski, from Emmaus, PA for taking action when the school board considered a challenge to Prep, by Curtis Sittenfeld and Electric Kool Aid Acid Test, by Tom Wolfe, both summer reading books. Read more about why he took action, his thoughts on book censorship, and his heroes here. To learn more about the challenge, go to:
Today’s featured Banned Books Week Heroes are the members of the book club 451 Degrees at Lane Tech High School in Chicago, IL, who stood in opposition the order made by Chicago Public Schools to remove the highly acclaimed graphic novel, Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi, from classrooms (and, initially, from libraries).
Throughout Banned Books Week, we will feature Banned Books Week Heroes—outstanding individuals who defended their freedom to read. Today’s featured Heroes are the students and teachers of Glen Ellyn, IL, who fought to keep Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower in their school district. Read about why they chose to defend this novel and what they think of book censorship in general.
On the third day of Banned Books Week, we would like to feature a video from Khaled Hosseini reading a passage from his frequently challenged novel, The Kite Runner. The Kite Runner, was the 6th most frequently challenged novel in 2012 for homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, and being sexually explicit; and the ninth most frequently challenged book of 2008 for offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group.