06-09-2023 / Booksio Staff
Standing Against Book Banning
Blog

In recent years, the rise of book banning in schools and libraries has become a concerning trend that threatens the freedom of expression and the diversity of voices in literature. At Booksio, we believe in the power of books to inspire, educate, and challenge our perspectives. We stand firmly against any attempts to restrict access to literature and celebrate the importance of diverse voices in shaping our understanding of the world.

Whether removing books from libraries or prohibiting their inclusion in school curricula, book banning poses a significant threat to intellectual freedom. Often fueled by concerns over content, themes, or perspectives, it limits readers' access to a wide range of ideas and stifles conversations about important topics.

At Booksio, we embrace the richness of diverse voices and narratives. By exploring different experiences, cultures, and perspectives through literature, we broaden our understanding of the world and foster empathy and inclusivity. Our commitment to celebrating diversity is unwavering, and we’d like to share five of our favorite banned books.

 

Call Us What We Carry by Amanda Gorman

 Call Us What we carryThis poetry collection explores themes of identity, activism, and resilience, celebrating the power of diverse voices. It is often challenged for its frank discussions of race, social justice, and political issues that some find controversial or uncomfortable.

 

 

 

Melissa (Previously Published As George) by Alex Gino

MelissaThis heartwarming middle-grade novel follows a transgender girl named Melissa who is determined to play the lead role in a school play, challenging stereotypes and promoting acceptance. It faces banning attempts due to its portrayal of transgender themes, deemed inappropriate or controversial by some.

 

 

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

the hate u giveThis powerful young adult novel follows Starr Carter, a Black teenager who becomes an activist after witnessing the police shooting of her unarmed friend. It is often banned due to its explicit language, discussions of racism, and themes related to social justice and police brutality.

 

 

This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki

this one summerThis graphic novel explores the emotional complexities of friendship and adolescence as two girls navigate a summer vacation filled with family struggles, first crushes, and self-discovery. It faces challenges and bans due to its inclusion of mature themes, including discussions of teenage sexuality and mature language.

 

 

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

All American BoysThis thought-provoking novel explores racial tensions and the aftermath of a racially motivated incident through the perspectives of two teenage boys, one Black and one White. It is often banned due to its realistic depiction of racism, strong language, and discussions of police brutality.

 

At Booksio, we support the freedom to read and believe that literature has the power to foster understanding, empathy, and positive change. We encourage open discussions, embrace diverse narratives, and remain committed to providing a platform that celebrates and amplifies the voices of all authors. Join us!