Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the freedom to read, is being recognized this week as booksellers, librarians, teachers, and readers across the country join together to speak out against censorship and celebrate banned or challenged books.
This year, Penguin Random House is highlighting quotes from books that have been challenged or banned in a social media sweepstakes competition, open to participants who repost these quotes or tag a friend and comment with the hashtags #BannedBooksWeek and #Sweepstakes. For every entry, Penguin Random House will donate one book — up to 5,000 books total — to We Need Diverse Books, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people. To participate, follow @PenguinRandomHouse on Instagram.
In partnership with Out of Print Banned Books Collection, Random House Children’s Books will also hold a sweepstakes for parents to win a prize pack of middle grade titles, as well as a sweepstakes for teen readers to win a prize pack of YA books through Underlined.
To learn more about Banned Books Week, check out the Banned Books Week Coalition’s Celebrate Banned Books Week Handbook, a guide that includes programming ideas, best practices for events, resources, and tips for handling censorship. Booksellers planning Banned Books Week celebrations or displays should register on the Banned Books Week events page and be sure to tag #BannedBooksWeek and ABA (@ABAbook on Twitter or @americanbooksellers on Instagram) in social media posts. Send pictures of your Banned Books Week displays to firstname.lastname@example.org.