16 September 2019 Share
Banned Books Week is happening 22nd – 28th September and there are resources, including a school toolkit on the website.
Banned Books week is an ideal time to talk to students about misinformation and ethics.
It is also a fun display theme. There are ideas here:
Banned Book Display
· Guess reason for objection
· (Can also compare this to most popular reads eg Harry Potter on both!)
· Police / danger tape
· Notices ‘Do not read this book’ ‘Danger – reading makes you think’
Books have been banned for various reasons throughout history, mainly as a control over citizens. In America, parents often challenge school stock, and although this happens less in the UK, all schools should have in place a stock selection policy setting out who is responsible for selecting stock (the Librarian) and the criteria followed.
Guidelines for members are here https://www.sla.org.uk/support-page/stock-selection-policy
A Banned books booklist for members is here https://www.sla.org.uk/members-benefits