Kids' Right to Read Project

    Launched in 2007 by The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression and the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC), the Kids' Right to Read Project provides support, education, and advocacy to people fighting book challenges in schools and libraries. It has confronted challenges and bans involving hundreds of titles in more than 28 states.

    The Kids’ Right to Read Project provides:

    • Advice and assistance to students, teachers and others opposing book-banning in schools and communities nationwide
    • Educational materials to promote community awareness about the right to read
    • Support for local activism by reaching out to students, teachers, booksellers, librarians, journalists, and other community members
    • Access to a nationwide network of advocates and activists involved in promoting and defending the right to read
    • A clearinghouse of information for students, journalists, scholars and others, created by tracking book censorship incidents across the country

    Additional tools for fighting book banning can be found on the NCAC website, including a Book Censorship Toolkit, a Guide to the First Amendment in Schools, and a LGBTQ Right to Read Resource. Additionally, publisher Penguin Teen has produced an anti-censorship video featuring young adult authors, "Authors Stand Up for Free Speech." 

    To report book censorship, email abfe@bookweb.org or ncac@ncac.org