Seeking Art Donations for Auction

Co-hosts Gantos and Myracle have written a letter urging artists and illustrators to donate to the auction. A great opportunity for artists and publishers to call attention to both recent and forthcoming illustrated titles through the display of original artwork from those books. Interested in donating?

Jane Mount framed


It’s official: Jack Gantos and Lauren Myracle to Host ABFFE’s Children’s Art Auction

2013 Children’s Book Art Silent Auction & Reception

Wednesday, May 29, at the River Pavilion in the Javits Center in conjunction with BookExpo America

Photo - Jack Gantos Photo - Lauren Myracle

Read the entire press release.

Event art from Jane Mount

A big bookseller favorite, illustrator and creator of My Ideal BookshelfJane Mount‘s signature book spines will adorn this year’s Children’s Book Art Silent Auction event art. Jane has generously created a special piece for us using spines of randomly selected banned kids books. The best news is that it will be auctioned off. Yes, you read that right: it will be auctioned off. Thank you, Jane!

Jane Mount - sm + signed

Quote from banned book…

“Whenever my environment had failed to support or nourish me, I had clutched at books…”

— Richard Wright, from Black Boy

ABFFE is now on Goodreads

Check out ABFFE’s Free Speech Bookshelf on Goodreads.

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Banned Books Talking Points

The Texas chapter of the ACLU compiled a smart list of talking points for banned books. Here’s one:

“Many of the books banned today are Young Adult series that get kids reading and discuss, open and honestly, the struggles of growing up.”

Read the rest here.

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“Books usually are challenged with the best intentions—to protect others, frequently children, from difficult ideas and information.”

American Library Association

Top 3 reasons for books being banned

According to the American Library Association‘s Office of Intellectual Freedom, the top three reasons cited for challenging materials:

  1. the material was considered to be “sexually explicit”
  2. the material contained “offensive language”
  3. the materials was “unsuited to any age group”

Read more about ALA and banned books.

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Great list of book bannings & burnings in history

From the Freedom to Read Week (Canada) website: “Some of the most controversial books in history are now regarded as classics. The Bible and works by Shakespeare are among those that have been banned over the past two thousand years. Here is a selective timeline of book bannings, burnings, and other censorship activities.” Read more about the Canadian Freedom to Read Week.