Banned and Challenged: Restricting access to books in the U.S. A series of interviews with — and essays by — authors who are seeing their books being banned from schools and libraries across the U.S.
A series on books that are facing challenges to their placement in libraries in some areas around the U.S.
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Banned and Challenged: Restricting access to books in the U.S.

Author George M. Johnson wrote All Boys Aren't Blue, which is on the American Library Association's list of most banned books. Kaz Fantone/NPR hide caption

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Oni Press

Banned Books: Maia Kobabe explores gender identity in 'Gender Queer'

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Quill Tree Books

Banned Books: Author Jerry Craft on telling stories all kids can identify with

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Candlewick Press

Banned Books: Author Susan Kuklin on telling stories that inform understanding

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Carolrhoda Lab

Banned Books: Author Ashley Hope Pérez on finding humanity in the 'darkness'

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Writer and LGBTQ activist George M. Johnson sparked conversation — and controversy — with their 2020 memoir about growing up Black and queer. All Boys Aren't Blue has been banned in dozens of school libraries. Vincent Marc hide caption

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Banned Books: Author George M. Johnson on the need to tell all people's stories

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