In response to the book banning happening nationwide, we’ve formed our own Rebel Book Alliance, and anyone and everyone is welcome to join. Here’s how it works. Each month we’ll be reading and amplifying banned books.
For the month of March, we read a sweet board book And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell. This charming true story about two male penguins who fall in love and adopt a baby penguin is being banned in classrooms and libraries.
Banning books like this is a dangerous practice. When books are banned, it limits our opportunity to learn and explore new perspectives, to walk in someone else’s shoes, and see the world from a different character or person’s lens. What’s even scarier is that book banning is often driven by censorship, which can be a slippery slope toward a lack of freedom of speech. As an author, reading about characters and far-off places in the world shaped every piece of who I am today, and I can’t sit by and watch books like this be ripped from the shelves.
Here are some ways you can help:
Each month we’ll read a book from the banned lists. I have stickers to share, guest teachers and librarians, and a monthly Zoom chat planned. Share in the comments other ideas for how we can collectively stop book banning and any books you’d like our Rebel Book Alliance to read.
Rebel readers unite!