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Our Mission Statement

We are Authors Against Book Bans. 

We stand united against the deeply unconstitutional movement to limit the freedom to read. We unequivocally support the availability of diverse voices on our library shelves, in our schools, and in our culture. We pledge to band together against the oppression of literature, to speak when our voices are silenced, to go where our bodies are needed, and to fight as one to ensure this freedom. Together, we will be fearless.

Our concern is not only for the books themselves, but for the children, families, educators, librarians, and communities who suffer when the freedom to read is challenged and taken away. We abhor the current organized attempts to censor books in schools and libraries across our nation, particularly in view of their insidious targeting of BIPOC and LGBTQ+ stories, the erasing of history, and silencing of voices that speak truthfully about essential human experiences. The great power of literature is its ability to create empathy, foster self-empowerment, impart knowledge, and enhance diversity of thought. We will defend this power from those who seek to subvert it.

As authors and as members of our local and national communities, we pledge to protect the rights of all young people to access the books they need and deserve.

Our Partners

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What we do

Our aim is to form chapters in all 50 states and DC to provide:

  • A framework for local organizing,
  • Coordination and “ban alert” information on a national level,
  • Strategic calls to action at local and national levels,
  • Partnerships with a variety of national organizations and grass-roots groups that support the freedom to read,
  • Support and encouragement for the educators, librarians, parents, and students who are the first line of defense against cencorship, and for the authors whose books are under attack.
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