Preparing for the NCTE/ALAN Panel on Banned & Challenged Books

I’ll be on a panel about banned and challenged books: “Titles That Challenge and Are Challenged” on Monday, Nov. 21 from 2:05-2:50 with a group of fantastic authors: Lauren Myracle, Paul Yee, Andrew Smith, and facilitator David Gill.

I’ve already got my 3-minute speech down pat (I think, I hope–I get nervous doing public speaking), and was just preparing a short handout on banned and challenged books, so I thought I’d share it here.

Some of my favorite banned and challenged books:
And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Crank by Ellen Hopkins
The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Blubber by Judy Blume
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
Deenie by Judy Blume
Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
Don’t Look Behind You by Lois Duncan

My responses to SCARS being challenged, and some community support:

My Response To the Specific Challenge

Some great community support on SLJ

Authors rarely hear about their own books being challenged, so, after all of this process, I am grateful that I learned about Scars being challenged AND experienced the wonderful support of the book and writing community.

My banned and challenged books video (encouraging readers to read challenged/banned books).

About Cheryl Rainfield

I write the books I needed and couldn't find as a teen. I write teen fiction--paranormal fantasy and gritty realistic fiction. I'm the author of SCARS (WestSide Books, 2010) #1 ALA QuickPicks, and Governor General Literary Award Finalist, HUNTED (WestSide Books, Oct 2011), STAINED (Harcourt, 2013), The Last Dragon (HIP Books, Sept 2009), and Walking Both Sides (HIP Books, 2011). I also enjoy drawing, surfing the web, connecting with people I like, doing crafts, and being with my dog.
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2 Responses to Preparing for the NCTE/ALAN Panel on Banned & Challenged Books

  1. Lee Wind says:

    Sounds like a great panel – and I love your list! Good fortune with it, namaste, Lee

  2. Thank you, Lee! (smiling at you) I really appreciate that.

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