Books are one of the first tools kids use to learn about the world around them. In honor of National Book Month and Banned Books Week, you’re invited to join children’s literacy nonprofit SMART Reading and some special guests for a free webinar about why getting inclusive books into the hands and homes of children is so critical.
In a moment where efforts to ban books that include marginalized identities are on the rise nationally, we’ll discuss the impacts of these bans, why all children benefit from access to engaging, inclusive books, and what libraries and community organizations are doing to ensure kids have access to inclusive books. We’ll also discuss the benefits of books in students’ home language and tips for reading with kids.
Panelists include Jelani Memory of A Kids Co., Rachel Kimbrow of Linda Letra Bilingual Books, and Nancy Nightingale of Jackson County Library System.
In this challenge, every book you read (to a grandchild or on your own) gives you one “point,” and points can be traded in for free Grandparents For Truth swag! Supplies are limited so make sure to read early and often!
How You Can Join the Challenge
- Sign up for the challenge here.
- Pick a banned book off of our banned book reading list
- Submit a photo or video of you (or you and a grandkid!) reading the banned book. If you post it to social, make sure you tag us (we’re @peoplefor on Twitter/X and Facebook and @peoplefor_ on Instagram)and use the hashtag #bannedbooks2023
- Each photo or video you submit or tag us in is worth one point! Rack up points to get free Grandparents for Truth swag like tshirts, book marks, water bottles, and more!
- Keep an eye on your inbox! At the end of October, we’ll reach out to you to see what swag you’d like.
Supplies are limited – so read early and often!