As publishers, we are grounded by our beliefs in the inherent value of the open exchange of ideas, and in the power of narratives to broaden perspectives and strengthen human empathy. But these beliefs—and equitable access to books—are under serious threat. Book bans are not new, but the dramatic increase in bans and challenges, along with the change in tactics, is unprecedented.
At Penguin Random House, we believe in the right to freedom of expression and protecting writers from censorship. To underscore this commitment, we have created a Banned Books Resources Hub featuring tools, materials, and organizations for our valued partners, including educators, librarians, parents, students, authors, and illustrators. Please feel free to share with your networks.
Additionally, we have committed to a significant multiyear donation to PEN America as well as a grant to the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). The grant will provide a new active database of book rationales—the documentation supporting a book’s selection for use in the classroom—and will offer support to teachers as they develop their lesson plans.
The launch of the Resources Hub and our work with our vital partners, including the ALA, FReadom Fighters, Library Journal, National Coalition Against Censorship, NCTE, and PEN America, is longstanding. We will remain steadfast in our defense of the freedom to read and in our commitment to combat censorship. In partnership with teachers and librarians, we will do all we can to bring inclusive literature and books representing everyone to schools and libraries across the country.
Thanks for all you’re doing in your own work and in your communities in defense of the book. Let’s stand together in support of free expression.