Banned Books Week Display

One of the things I love about working with 6-12 grades is that I have such a large range of books to highlight during Banned Books Week!

Look here for resources from ALA on Banned Books Week.

Last year, I made these really cute banners for Banned Books Week, which I reused this year, along with excessive amounts of caution tape.

I followed this tutorial to print on sticky notes. I printed the blurbs from ALA’s annual bibliographies on Frequently Challenged or Banned Books on the stickies to give students more information. For a few of them, I wrote some of the key phrases describing their challenge/ban on a paper bag to make the display more interactive.

Students are always interested to learn more about books that have been banned or challenged. This is one of my favorite displays of the year!

3 thoughts on “Banned Books Week Display

  1. That’s an impressive display. Do you find that students engage in conversation with you (and/or others) about banned and challenged books?

    1. Definitely. They’re often surprised by what they read on the display and either call over a friend to look or come to the desk to ask us more questions.

  2. Hi Tiffany. I really enjoyed reading your post on Banned Books and think your visual display absolutely fantastic! We live in an age where students unlimited access to information, and, as educators, we need to prepare our students for this reality. In addition to teaching students how to distinguish credible accounts, sources, and articles from “Fake News,” we have to explore the hotly contested issue of censorship–an intimidating and multifaceted subject with no easy answers. How would you explore this topic with your students? I imagine you could start by discussing why certain books (and other forms of media) were banned/censored in the past and, in some cases, continue to be banned/censored today. But where would you go from there? How would you explore topics like hate-speech and necessary censorship versus freedom of speech and the right to access and produce information (or, in some cases, drivel)? Could you have a class debate–giving you students a chance to research the topic, or do you feel there is a more effective approach?

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