As I stated on Tuesday, the current banned book movement rolling across the country is practically personal with most of the books focusing on books by authors of color and books with LBGTQ themes. As contributor Jessica stated that this movement, “ is a racist, bigoted movement, not a movement for ‘free speech’.” And she is correct. We need to correctly state it for what it is. Therefore, we thought it would be best to highlight some examples of specific targeted books. Please take a look and then go support those authors by buying their books or even sharing this post.
From PEN America: Banned in the USA: Rising School Book Bans Threaten Free Expression and Students’ First Amendment Rights (April 2022)
Texas has banned more books than any other state, new report shows
All 850 Books Texas Lawmaker Matt Krause Wants to Ban: An Analysis
Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson (YA)
The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen (YA graphic novel)
Flamer by Mike Curato (YA graphic novel)
Gender Queer: A Memoir by Maia Kobabe (YA graphic novel)
- How a Debut Graphic Memoir Became the Most Banned Book in the Country
- ‘Gender Queer’ author Maia Kobabe talks banned books: ‘Part of a widescale political attack’
New Kid by Jerry Craft (MG graphic novel)
- U.S. parents are attempting to ban books about race in schools. This author experienced it first-hand
Too Bright to See by Kyle Lukoff (MG)
- Kyle Lukoff on Book Bans and Letting Queer Books Just Be Books
- What Should a Queer Children’s Book Do?
Melissa by Alex Gino (MG)