One more question for this group: is anyone doing any teaching around the growth in book challenges and its relationship to culture wars and the current misinformation crisis?
This may be more elementary than what you're after, but I did a lesson about this during banned books week for our fifth graders.
I opened by sharing some of the ALA infographics about book challenges/bans in the previous year ( https://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/bannedbooksweek/ideasandresources/freedownloads) and asked them what they noticed and what information they could pull from the data. Students figured out right away that many book bans were targeting Black and LGBTQIA+ authors/topics/history, and we spent some time discussing and processing that. Then we looked at an example, recent at the time, of how students and community members fought a book ban (background: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/02/us/york-pennsylvania-school-books.html); students spent some time looking through some of the books that had been targeted in that ban, and I shared some social media posts from students and community members who agitated against the ban in various ways. Finally, I had them brainstorm how they might respond to book challenges and bans, either in their community or across the country.
Thank you, Molly! Just seeing this post- much appreciated! 🙂
Thank you both for raising this important issue. Our Colorado ambassador Amanda Escheman is hosting a related free webinar April 26, along with Julia Torres, John Silva and educator reporter Erica Brunlin:
Please join us!
Also related - our DC ambassador K.C. Boyd just shared this article today: https://www.washingtoninformer.com/d-c-public-school-librarians-eyeing-book-bans-across-america/