Kids’ Right to Read

Jasmine Campos, 17, a senior at Lane Tech High School, shouts Friday, March 15, 2013 outside the school at Western Avenue and Addison Street during a protest against the banning by CPS of the book "Persepolis."

The Kids’ Right to Read Project (KRRP) is an NCAC signature aspect of the Youth Free Expression Project. KRRP offers support, education, and direct advocacy to people facing book challenges or bans in schools and libraries and engages local activists in promoting the freedom to read. It was co-founded with the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression and is supported in part by the Association of American Publishers and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

KRRP has helped defend hundreds of titles, on cases in almost every state in the nation.

Our work on book censorship incidents is responsive and strategically tailored to each situation. We contact teachers, booksellers, librarians, local reporters and free speech advocates involved in the challenge. Energizing and backing community involvement is essential to the work of KRRP. We work to engage local communities as much as possible to provide resources and support for their advocacy for the freedom to read.

In addition to our casework, KRRP spearheads a collaborative effort to oppose the growing trend to “red flag” and label books like movies and video games.

Resources:

Your Guide to the Kids’ Right to Read Project
Myths of Banned Books Week
Book Censorship Toolkit
Guide to the First Amendment in Schools
LGBTQ Right to Read Resource