Off the Shelf: Book Challenges, Bans and Promoting Inclusive Literature
Book challenges and bans have been increasing across the country, both in schools and districts where laws have been passed, but also where no formal rules, restrictions or laws exist. When large scale book bans take place, it affects young people’s ability to see themselves reflected in books. It also impacts their ability to gain an understanding of and empathy for people who are different than themselves, which contributes to antisemitism, racism and all forms of bias.
Join ADL and AASL (American Association of School Librarians) to learn more about book challenges and bans and explore actions that can be taken. Panelists include children’s book author Kelly Yang, librarian Dr. Jennifer Sturge, student Annika Singh, educator Andy Spoonamore-Gullion and Director of Development, Florida Freedom To Read and parent, Raegen Miller.
Families, caregivers, and community members are welcome to join. Closed captioning will be provided.
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