Just last week, a Pennsylvania school district made international headlines when they announced the removal of several volumes of the adorable and educational I am… series by Brad Meltzer and Chris Eliopoulos from classrooms and libraries. This included the book I am Rosa Parks, among others. Thankfully, that decision was quickly reversed. But efforts to ban books dealing with race and LGBTQ+ themes have accelerated in the last few years.

In Washtenaw County, community readings of I Am Jazz, the story of a transgender child based on the real-life experience of Jazz Jennings, have sparked intense community debate.

Just last month, Chelsea School District’s Board of Education voted to keep Toni Morrison’s 1970 classic, The Bluest Eye, on the library shelves, despite the very vocal protests of one particular group.

Banned Books Week (9/26-10/2) is an opportunity to shine light on the continuing efforts to suppress certain ideas and perspectives. Together, we can push back by embracing the voices that some would like to silence.

What can you do?

Keep fighting the good fight, readers!