A Note from AAP: Publishers Support Banned Books Week with Events, Outreach and Activities

Tue, 09/22/2015 - 11:06 -- Maggie Jacoby

A fuller version of this post first appeared on The Association of American Publishers' website.

From  The Perks of Being a Wallflower to The Kite Runner, Young Adult titles have been some of the most challenged in schools and libraries in recent years. In support of these books and the freedom to publish, the Association of American Publishers (AAP) and our member companies are coming out full force to support Banned Books Week (#BannedBooksWeek), taking place Sept. 27 – Oct. 3.

Discussions online and in person, author appearances, and free giveaways will take place in libraries, schools, bookstores and other community settings across the nation. AAP member companies are also hosting interactive and community building events geared towards engaging readers and promoting the right to read, including:

Banned Book Week on Social Media

  • Many publishers are using the #BannedBooksWeek hashtag to promote and encourage discussions on advocacy for all readers including Bloomsbury, Dreamspinner Press, little bee books, and Perseus Books Groups. Additionally, several publishers have dedicated landing pages, including HarperCollins, Macmillan Children’s and Simon & Schuster.
  • Dreamspinner Press will display a “Rebel Reader” banner on their website and will promote the week onTwitterFacebook and Instagram.
  • Hachette Book Group is celebrating the week with a shareable graphics campaign spearheaded by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. The campaign will highlight quotes from banned literature and will be shared through social media channels for NOVL (LBYR's teen reading community): thenovl.comTwitterFacebookInstagram. Readers can also follow LBYR's Twitter handles: @lbkids and @lbschool.
  • HarperCollins will have information on how to get involved in activities on their Epic Reads website and YouTube page. They’ll also have a social media outreach through various twitter accounts, encouraging reading of banned books and explain how to join the cause. Find them @EpicReads, @HarperTeen, @HarperChildrens.
  • Penguin and Penguin Classics will celebrate Banned Books Week via their Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr. Follow them to learn more about the history of their banned books.
  • Random House is encouraging readers to post banned book selfies on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and tag@RHLibrary.  Readers can also participate in the Banned Books Week Pinterest Board by sending their Pinterest username to library@randomhouse.com.
  • Scholastic will share Banned Book Week related content on various social media accounts, including their blogInstagramTwitter, and Facebook.  
  • Simon & Schuster will be posting daily on Twitter and Facebook. Readers can join the conversation by posting a picture of their favorite banned books with the hashtag #SSBannedBooks. They also created a video that celebrates the freedom to read.

Banned Book Week Promotions/Giveaways/ Resources

  • HarperCollins is offering teaching resources for challenged and banned books based on the acclaimed, frequently challenged and banned work of Chris Crutcher.
  • Macmillan Children’s will have discounts for their frequently banned books, including: Get Well Soon by Julie Halpern; My Book of Life by Angel by Martine Leavitt; Jumped In by Patrick Flores-Scott; and The F-It List by Julie Halpern. They will also have a giveaway that includes Macmillan books such as Speak and A Wrinkle in Time. All the details can be found on their landing page.
  • Penguin and Penguin Classics will host a giveaway of famous banned books, including: Of Mice and Men,Adventures of Huckleberry FinnOne Flew Over the Cuckoo’s NestBlack BeautyThe JungleOn the Origin of Species, and Lady Chatterley’s Lover.
  • The Simon & Schuster site offers downloadable posters and bookmarks. Visitors can enter the Banned Books Week 2015 poster sweepstakes featuring a poem by New York Times bestselling author Ellen Hopkins and also learn about the social program contests and social media giveaways.
  • Printable “warning labels” can be found on QuirkBooks.com throughout the week. The labels can be used as bookmarks, and will highlight important elements of the different banned books. For example, one label reads: WARNING: May Cause Intellectual Growth and Symptoms of Empathy.
  • Random House is offering resources, including “Censorship Causes Blindness” posters, the High School Teacher’s Guide,  Tips for Discussing Banned Books with Teens, and other educational tools.