Another Banned Books Week has passed us by. The message to take away from Banned Books Week is that words are powerful and cannot be censored. People are going to seek out the things they are told to stay away from; especially kids and teens. So what did you do in your library or classroom to support the freedom of reading? Did any of the books or graphic novels surprise you or your students? Here are some great ideas you may want to incorporate in next year’s celebration:
- Create trading cards for the banned books. You can have student artists create the book covers or make it a community event and invite all members of the community to submit designs.
- Create an amazing display for your library or classroom by roping off sections or having students, teachers, other community members paint windows.
- ALA suggests numerous activities for Banned Books Week. Have students or community members write letters, attend a school board meeting and present why all books should be allowed in the school library, or host or participate in an online celebration.
- TeachHub.com has many classroom ideas such as discussing how the First Amendment connects to Banned Books Week, celebrating favorite characters from banned books, or creating a Venn Diagram on the pros and cons of limiting what is available to read.
Be prepared for next year’s Banned Books Week with some fresh ideas that can involve the entire school or community.