If a book has been challenged or banned in your classroom, school, or public library the first thing to do is contact the National Coalition Against Censorship ( They will help you figure out the best way to defend your right to read. Try to work with a teacher, librarian, or parent.


Other things you can do are:

  • Start a petition in your school and community to have the book returned.
  • Contact your local newspaper, radio or TV station (remember, censors hate publicity).
  • Write a letter to the school principal, superintendent and school board explaining why the book is important to you.
  • Be prepared to speak at school board meetings about the book and why it should not be banned.


  • Be prepared: know what your school's policy and procedures are for dealing with complaints and book challenges.
  • Contact National Coalition Against Censorship ( They can advocate on your behalf as well as put you in touch with local anti-censorship groups.
  • Contact the American Library Association Office of Intellectual Freedom (
  • Contact the National Council of Teachers of English (
  • Contact the National Education Association (


  • Contact your publisher and let them know where your book is being challenged, and on what grounds.
  • Contact the National Coalition Against Censorship (
  • The Authors Guild (
  • The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (