Book bans are on the rise in communities across the country. We're fighting back, but we need your help.

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NYPL Continues Nationwide ‘Books For All: Teen Banned Book Club’ with ‘The Downstairs Girl’

February 23, 2024 | Comments Off on NYPL Continues Nationwide ‘Books For All: Teen Banned Book Club’ with ‘The Downstairs Girl’

Starting February 21, readers across the country will have unlimited access to the award-winning young adult bestseller The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee (Penguin Random House) as part of The […]

Book Résumés, Unite Against Book Bans. A free resource that anyone can use to fight censorship in their community.

New Free Book Résumé Resource

February 20, 2024

Unite Against Book Bans, in collaboration with the publishing community, is unveiling a free collection of book résumés at bookresumes.uniteagainstbookbans.org to support librarians, educators, parents, students, and other community advocates […]

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The Banned Book Club Provides Free Access to Banned Books

February 16, 2024

The Digital Public Library of America launched The Banned Book Club last summer, which provides free access to banned books in the communities where they’ve been banned.

NBAF Presents: Blacklisted! Book Fair + Conference. February 24th & 25th. Free & open to the public.

Honor and Amplify Black Authors at the Blacklisted! Book Fair + Conference

February 9, 2024

NBAF’s Black History Month program, Blacklisted! Banned Book Fair + Conference, will take place February 24th & 25th in Atlanta, honoring the resilience of Black authors, amplifying their voices, and combating the erasure of their contributions to literature and history.

Unite Against Book Bans is a national initiative to empower readers everywhere to stand together in the fight against censorship.

We are not alone. On both sides of the aisle, large majorities of voters and parents oppose book bans.

%

of voters oppose efforts to remove books from public libraries.

%

of voters oppose efforts to remove books from school libraries.

Full poll results and key findings available via the American Library Association.

And yet, attempts to ban books from libraries continue to rise at an unprecedented level across the country. The American Library Association reported 1,269 attempts to censor library books and resources in 2022, the highest number of attempted book bans since ALA began compiling data about censorship in libraries more than 20 years ago.

Book bans harm communities.

Students cannot access critical information to help them understand themselves and the world around them. Parents lose the opportunity to engage in teachable moments with their kids. And communities lose the opportunity to learn and build mutual understanding.

Although book bans are nothing new, there were more censorship attempts in 2022 than at any time since the American Library Association began tracking more than two decades ago.

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If you believe...

  • Books are tools for understanding complex issues.
  • Young people deserve to see themselves reflected in a library’s books.
  • Parents should not be making decisions for other parents’ children.
  • Individuals should be trusted to make their own decisions about what to read.
  • Limiting young people’s access to books does not protect them from life’s complex and challenging issues.
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Empowered by Reading

There are many important benefits of providing children and youth with a wide variety of developmentally appropriate reading materials - books which reflect their personal life experiences, as well a the experiences, stories, and histories of others in and beyond their communities.

Action Toolkit

Take a stand against book bans. Check out the UABB action toolkit and defend the right to read in your community.

Become a Partner

We can't defeat book bans alone. Unite with us as an organizational partner, and together we'll work to defeat censorship.

Merch Against Book Bans

Show the world that you unite against book bans with our official UABB apparel and totes, available in the ALA Graphics Store. All purchases support the Unite Against Book Bans campaign and our efforts to fight censorship.

This campaign is organized by the American Library Association and was launched with the generous support of the Steve & Loree Potash Family Foundation and the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Help us continue the fight against censorship. Your donation supports our efforts to defend the freedom to read for all Americans.

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