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The Banned Books Trading Card Project went so well in 2023 that we're doing it again.  

Banned Books Week is September 22-28, 2024. To raise awareness of book bans and challenges that are still happening, we are creating a deck of cards representing book covers that have been banned or challenged. The project will culminate with a Read-a-Thon and Trading Cards Reception on Wednesday, September 4. Stay tuned for details on the event.

Application Deadline is May 31st.

Chosen artists will have a deadline of  July 15th up to 8:00pm
to submit their original artwork.

  • Our jury will review your application and get back to you.  

  • Book selections are on a "first dibs" basis to avoid duplicate titles. (click above to see currently chosen titles)

  • If your application is selected to participate, all artists will have until July 15th to get your original work to us. 

Click here to see the 2023 reimagined cover art and the artist bios!

2023 Banned Book Trading Card decks are available for sale for $10 at the Valley Cottage Library

Curious about banned or challenged books? Here are some online resources:

American Library Association list of banned or challenged classics:

Here are the 100 most banned and challenged books of the decade:

Top 13 Most Challenged Books of 2022: 

Banned Books Book Club

Unite Against Book Bans - Book Resumes

Updated statistics on censorship attempts in 2023

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