Banned Books Everyone Should Read

KidLit TV is joining with the American Libraries Association in encouraging you to celebrate Banned Book Week (Sept. 25th-30th) to push back on the intolerance and discrimination of books. We want to offer shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular with this list of  Banned Books Everyone Should Read. This year’s theme is “Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us.”

DRAMA: A Graphic Novel

This book hit the banned children’s book list in one school district and two school libraries in Texas because it features LGBTQ characters. About the Book
From Raina Telgemeier, the #1 New York Times bestselling, multiple Eisner Award-winning author of Smile, Sisters, and Guts! Callie loves theater. And while she would totally try out for her middle school’s production of Moon over Mississippi, she can’t really sing. Instead she’s the set designer for the drama department’s stage crew, and this year she’s determined to create a set worthy of Broadway on a middle-school budget. But how can she, when she doesn’t know much about carpentry, ticket sales are down, and the crew members are having trouble working together? Not to mention the onstage AND offstage drama that occurs once the actors are chosen. And when two cute brothers enter the picture, things get even crazier! Raina Telgemeier once again brings us a funny and charming exploration of friendship, crushes, and all-around drama!

DRAMA Written by Raina Telgemeier, Published by Scholastic


NEW KID 

‘New Kid’ was written by author Jerry Craft about his own life experiences, then a Texas school district banned it for “Critical Race Theory and Marxism.” About the Book
Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics, where Jordan is one of the few kids of color in his entire grade. As he makes the daily trip from his Washington Heights apartment to the upscale Riverdale Academy Day School, Jordan soon finds himself torn between two worlds–and not really fitting into either one. Can Jordan learn to navigate his new school culture while keeping his neighborhood friends and staying true to himself?
NEW KID Written by Jerry Craft, Published by Quill Tree Books (HarperKids)

WORM LOVES WORM

This book has been challenged for LGBTQIA+ content. About the Book
You are cordially invited to celebrate the wedding of a worm…and a worm. When a worm meets a special worm and they fall in love, you know what happens next: They get married But their friends want to know–who will wear the dress? And who will wear the tux? The answer is: It doesn’t matter. Because worm loves worm.
WORM LOVES WORM Written by J J Austrian, Illustrated by Mike Curato, Published by Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
This book was banned for objectionable politics.
About the Book
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