On Saturday, April 16th The Bank Street Center for Children’s Literature is hosting a conference on banned, challenged and censored books for young children. Led by experts in the field, the conversations will revolve around the experiences of those who have been censored, the development of controversial works and the viewpoints of authorities on books, produced in 2015-2016, that have been challenged or censored.
Speakers at the conference will include Robie Harris, author of It’s Only Natural (Candlewick) who will be a discussant on the panel, “Developing Challenged Children’s Books: Authors and Their Editors” moderated by children’s book historian, Leonard Marcus. Pulitzer Prize recipient, David Shipler will lead a panel entitled, “Why Are Young Adult Books Challenged?”with panelists including Pura Belpré winner, Meg Medina. Bank Street College of Education’s Children’s Librarian Allie Jane Bruce will be a panelist on “Context and Controversy: Banned, Censored and Contested Books for Children Today” moderated by Elizabeth Levy. Joan Bertin,Executive Director of the National Coalition Against Censorship will deliver the closing keynote speech. In between panels, attendees will have the opportunity to network with presenters. Books by authors will be available for purchase from the Bank Street Bookstore
For more details and to register for this important conversation go here.