What It’s Really Like to Have Your Book Banned as an Author

Today’s guest post comes to us from Lee Wind, author of No Way, They Were Gay? His book, a fascinating look at the hidden lives and secret loves of twelve well-known historical figures, came out in April 2021. Since then, it has been challenged or banned in a number of school districts despite meeting Social Studies curriculum standards and receiving critical recognition and praise. Read on to learn about Lee’s first-hand experience, and find out more about how you can fight censorship.

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Students Fight Banned Books and Win!

To close out Banned Books Week, we’d like to draw your attention to Central York, PA, where the student-led Central York Banned Book Club protested their school board’s banning of more than 200 books and other educational material by or about people of color – and won. We salute those students and their efforts! Read on for more about how this year’s Banned Books Week is different, and which Lerner titles were on the Central York School District’s list.

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Guest Post: The Right to Read Out of Darkness

As we approach Banned Books Week, authors are facing challenges for books that deal with tough topics. Out of Darkness is a gripping novel about race, segregation, and love that has won numerous awards including a Printz Honor. Although the book was published by Carolrhoda Lab in September 2015, it has just recently been banned by some school districts. Lerner Publishing Group stands with author Ashley Hope Pérez and we support the right to read.

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