Stand for the Banned Read-Out

Your words have power. Stand up to censorship and declare your literary freedoms by reading from a banned book or discussing censorship issues on camera.

Stand for the Banned Since the inception of Banned Books Week in 1982, libraries and bookstores throughout the country have staged local read-outs, continuous readings of banned and challenged books. Banned authors such as Judy Blume, Stephen Chbosky and Chris Crutcher have participated. Readers can join the action by posting a video of themselves reading from a banned book or talking about censorship. Videos may be featured on the Banned Books Week YouTube channel.

Before you press “record,” check out the following guidelines and ideas:

  • Videos should be shorter than three minutes.
  • The ALA lists of the Top Ten Challenged Books and Frequently Challenged Books will provide some inspiration on which books to read from or talk about.
  • ​Include the phrase "Stand for the Banned" when titling and tagging your video. A good title example is "Stand for the Banned: A Reading from 'I Am Jazz'" and "Stand for the Banned: Why I Read 'Looking for Alaska'" 
  • If you’re submitting multiple videos, please create a YouTube playlist and submit one URL using the form.
  • Here are a few questions you can answer in your short video:
    • What would you say to your favorite banned author?
    • How has a banned book impacted your life?
    • Have you ever been censored? 


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