Banned Books Read-Out: April 20th 11am-12:30pm on the Ammerman Quad

Banned Books Read-Out: April 20th 11am-12:30pm on the Ammerman Quad

Susan Wood, Media & Reader Services Librarian

Book challenges & bans in school and public libraries are at an all-time high. Politicians and conservative activists have curated and disseminated lists of books they consider harmful to children. These books include those about the LGBTQ+ community, comprehensive sex ed, and race/racism.

Parents and community members have been encouraged to advocate for the removal of these books, and some school administrators are preemptively removing titles to avoid controversy. This has created a chilly climate for teachers, librarians, administrators, and school board members who feel that developmentally-appropriate books on these topics are beneficial to children and young adults.

Join the Banned Books Read-Out: April 20, 11 to 12:30 on the Ammerman quad behind the Babylon Student Center. Select any of the books from these lists and read a passage to protest book banning.  Contact Susan Wood at [email protected] for more information and to borrow one of these titles.

Ask a Queer Chick: A Guide to Sex, Love, and Life for Girls Who Dig Girls

My Life as a Diamond

Lawn Boy

Lily and Dunkin

Felix Ever After

This Book Is Gay

Her Royal Highness

Each of Us a Desert

Girl Crushed

Two Boys Kissing

You Should See Me in a Crown

The Girls I’ve Been

This is Kind of an Epic Love Story


Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic


The Gravity of Us

Odd One Out

Gender Queer: a Memoir

Ace of Spades

Under the Udala Trees

Jacob’s New Dress

I am Jazz

Julian at the Wedding

Rainbow Revolutionaries: 50 LGBTQ+ People Who Made History

Changing You: A Guide to Body Changes and Sexuality

Beyond the Gender Binary

Rainbow: A First Book of Pride

Jack (Not Jackie)

LGBT Families

Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out

The Breakaways 

Ferdinand the Bull

And Tango Makes Three


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