“[I]t’s not just the books under fire now that worry me. It is the books that will never be written. The books that will never be read. And all due to the fear of censorship. As always, young readers will be the real losers.”

—Judy Blume

 

“Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us.”

—Supreme Court Justice
William O. Douglas

 

America’s booksellers, librarians, and teachers have long been on the front lines of the battle against censorship. In support of these daily efforts, Random House Children’s Books is pleased to present the First Amendment First Aid Kit to address the needs of booksellers and educators.

These are dangerous times for books that dare to disturb the universe.

Robert Cormier wrote The Chocolate War more than thirty years ago, and his haunting story of one boy who dared to defy abusive social pressure has been a target of censors ever since. Of course, this provocative writer is only one of the many authors under fire for their literary works.

Today the fundamental right to read what we want is facing more challenges than ever. Children’s books, in particular, are constant targets of book-banning efforts in school systems and public libraries.

2012 marks the 30th year of celebrating Banned Books Week and Random House Children’s Books is committed to those who stand against censorship. We are proud to support our authors’ right to write and our readers’ right to read.

With this First Amendment First Aid Kit, we ask you, the teachers, booksellers, and librarians who are confronted with censorship issues each and every day, to join with us in utilizing the resources provided here to put this issue front and center in classrooms, libraries, and bookstores all over the country.

For more information about Banned Books Week, visit http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/.