Unite Against Book Bans Announces a Free Book Résumé Resource

‘Book résumés’ will help parents and community advocates defend challenged materials by demonstrating each book’s educational value

Unite Against Book Bans, in collaboration with the publishing community, unveiled a free collection of book résumés at bookresumes.uniteagainstbookbans.org to support librarians, educators, parents, students, and other community advocates in their efforts to keep frequently challenged books on shelves.

Created in partnership with dozens of publishers and with information provided by publishers, librarians, and School Library Journal, Unite Against Book Bans book résumés are easy-to-print documents designed to help support readers’ access to books that are targeted by censors.

Each book résumé summarizes the book’s significance and educational value, including a synopsis, reviews from professional journals, awards, accolades, and more. Where possible, the book résumés also include information about how a title has been successfully retained in school districts and libraries after a demand to censor the book. These documents are in a PDF format that can be downloaded and printed for easy sharing with administrators, book review committees, and the public at board meetings.

“Unite Against Book Bans partners recognized a need for easy-to-access free resources for the many librarians, educators, and community advocates, who are working so hard to ensure that readers can always access an inclusive, diverse collection of books,” said Deborah Caldwell-Stone, American Library Association (ALA) Director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom. “The work they’re doing — defending the freedom to read — is difficult and hard, and we want to make the task of gathering the information needed to do that easier. We want to thank the publishers, library workers, and volunteers whose investment of time and talent made the creation of this important resource possible.”

Unite Against Book Bans and the publishing community made hundreds of book résumés available upon launch on Tuesday, February 20, with more to follow in time for National Library Week (April 7–13, 2024). Unite Against Book Bans will continue to work with its publishing partners to regularly expand and update the collection.

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