Artwork courtesy of American Library Association
- A challenged book is a book someone has asked to be removed from a school, library, etc.
- A banned book is one that has actually been removed.
Banning Books Today
- Most schools & libraries have a process in place to deal with challenges.
- For instance, the person challenging the book may be asked to complete a written form which asks them if they've read the book, specific details explaining their objection, and what action they want to see taken.
- In our school system, complaints would first go to the school media committee, then to a district committee, and finally, to the School Board.
Dav Pilkey, Creator of CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS, on Banning Books
Thoughts about book banning
- “Something will be offensive to someone in every book, so you've got to fight it.” - Judy Blume, Goodreads
- “Banning books gives us silence when we need speech. It closes our ears when we need to listen. It makes us blind when we need sight.”- Stephen Chbosky, Goodreads