Banned Books Week

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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.

Author Perspectives

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