Texas students deserve access to books that reflect their own lives, teach them about others’ lives, and inspire them to lead.
But some Texas politicians have targeted LGBTQ+, Black, and other marginalized students through book bans that prevent them from accessing lifesaving, life-changing books. Among the books removed from schools from July 2021 to June 2022, books featuring LGBTQ+ characters made up 41% of the list, books featuring characters of color made up 40%, and books tackling race and racism made up 21%.
This Pride month and beyond, we must celebrate the stories of LGBTQ+ people and other marginalized communities, and take action to support the freedom to learn.
Kindergarten to 2nd Grade
3rd to 5th Grade
6th to 8th Grade
9th to 12th Grade
Banned Book List Resources
- PEN America Banned Booklist Google Doc list
- The Reading Bug 2022 Banned and Challenged Books
- Evanston Public Library List