5 Banned Picture Books Everyone Should Read

Each year, KidLit TV joins the American Library Association to encourage you to celebrate Banned Books and push back on intolerance and discrimination. With this list of 5 Banned Picture Books Everyone Should Read, we want to offer shared support for the freedom to seek and express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. This year’s theme is “Let Freedom Read.”

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5 Banned Picture Books Everyone Should Read  

Published by G Publishing


Photo Description: Book Cover of NOT QUITE Snow White

Tameika is a girl who belongs on the stage. She loves to act, sing, and dance–and she’s pretty good at it, too. So when her school announces their Snow White musical, Tameika auditions for the lead princess role.

But the other kids think she’s “not quite” right to play the role. They whisper, they snicker, and they glare. Will Tameika let their harsh words be her final curtain call?

Not Quite Snow White is a delightful and inspiring picture book that highlights the importance of self-confidence while taking an earnest look at what happens when that confidence is shaken or lost. Tameika encourages us all to let our magic shine.

Written by Ashley Franklin and Illustrated by Ebony Glenn
Published by HarperKids


Photo Description: Book Cover of SULWE

Written by Lupita Nyong’o and Illustrated by Vashti Harrison
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers


Photo Description: Book Cover of THE DAY YOU BEGIN

Featured in its own episode in the Netflix original show Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices!

National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson and two-time Pura Belpré Illustrator Award winner Rafael López teamed up to create a poignant, yet heartening book about finding courage to connect, even when you feel scared and alone.

Written by Jacqueline Woodson and Illustrated by Rafael López
Published by Nancy Paulsen Books, Penguin Random House

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Banned Books Everyone Should Read

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