YPG September BBL: Children’s Censorship and Banned Books Week

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As we all know (and have heard about in our censorship panels throughout the year) censorship is an issue that affects all areas of the publishing industry and all readers…perhaps kids more than anyone else. Whether it’s books being taken off school shelves or stores refusing to market certain books to kids, children and young adults deal with banned books a lot, and in some cases fewer options to advocate for their own right to read. So, what better time to talk about censorship for children and young adults than during Banned Books Week?

This year, Banned Books Week starts September 27th and goes through October 3rd, and the 2015 theme is Young Adult novels. Join us September 17th as we take a deep dive into censorship in children’s and young adult literature with some fantastic panelists. We’ll be joined by:

  • Dave Horowitz: Executive Director of Media Coalition (as moderator)
  • Charles Brownstein: Executive Director, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
  • Kristin Pekoll: Assistant Director, Office of Intellectual Freedom
  • David Gale: Simon & Shuster Books for Young Readers Editor of And Tango Makes Three
  • Robbie Harris: Author of It’s Perfectly Normal, Who’s In My Family? Among many others

This BBL will take place on Thursday, September 17th from 12:15-1:15 at Random House (1745 Broadway, Room 1400i). Please RSVP HERE. To learn more about Banned Books week, click here.

Additionally, we will be collecting children’s books for Operation Paperback at this event so please bring any book(s) that you’d like to donate! YPG Cares has partnered with Operation Paperback since 2010 for book drives to collect children’s books to send to our troops overseas so that they can record themselves reading the books aloud. The books and recordings are sent to the soldier’s children so that the child can feel close to their parent serving abroad (cue collective “Awwwwww!”).

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