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Banned Books Resource List from Nikki Grimes
Red Wine and Blue Book Ban Busters

https://www.redwine.blue/bbb

 

ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom
Contact OIF@ala.org

ALA OIF Online Challenge Report Form
https://www.ala.org/tools/challengesupport/report

National Coalition Against Censorship
ncac.org

Student Advocates for Speech
https://ncac.org/project/student-advocates-for-speech

Now recruiting high school student leaders for new national program:
advocacy training; leadership opportunities; mentorship to stand up for free expression.

Youth Censorship Database
https://ncac.org/youth-censorship-database

A searchable map of censorship incidents affecting students since 2018

Book Challenge Resource Center
https://ncac.org/resource/book-challenge-resource-center

A variety of advocacy resources

Book Challenge Crisis Hotline
https://ncac.org/book-challenge-crisis-hotline

Private, confidential virtual meetings with a member of NCAC staff for anyone who needs support for a book challenge issue

Penguin Random House Banned Books Resources Hub
https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/articles/banned-books-resources/

PEN America
https://pen.org/take-action/

Articles/Interviews/Blog Posts:

Nikki Sounds Off, "Banned Books: Message Rewind"
https://www.nikkigrimes.com/sounds-off/banned-books/

Soapbox, Publishers Weekly, "Appropriately Yours"
https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/columns-and-blogs/soapbox/article/87221-what-makes-a-book-appropriate-for-school.html

Librarians to the Defense, by EJ Bader, Progressive Press
https://progressive.org/magazine/librarians-to-the-defense-bader/

Open Letter

August 9, 2021

Ordinary HazardsAs many of you know, Ordinary Hazards, my memoir in verse, is being contested in the Leander School District, Leander, Texas. I was shocked and saddened to learn that a story that is ultimately about triumph over darkness, the power of faith, and the power of the written word, was being removed from the district's book club lists. Is Ordinary Hazards a difficult story? Yes. It's a story that touches on the dark side of foster care, on abuse, on a parent's alcoholism and mental illness, and on childhood trauma. But it's also a true tale filled with grace, love, and lessons in the power of poetry. Ultimately, Ordinary Hazards is a story of hope.

Thankfully, few readers who come to this story will have experienced the range of challenges I confronted in my childhood. That said, there is value in their reading a story like mine. If nothing else, Ordinary Hazards gives readers proof that, no matter what obstacles they might face in their own lives, they can come out on the other side triumphant, healthy, whole, and thriving—just like I did.

It is sad that some would keep young people from reading my story. I'm encouraged to know that many of you agree, and am moved that you have come out in support of Ordinary Hazards. I cannot thank you enough.

Nikki Grimes

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