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2013 Banned Books Trading Card Entries

Banned Books Week begins Sunday, Sept. 22 and we’re celebrating the freedom to read in a unique way – through Banned Books Trading Cards! We sent out a Call for Artists asking people in the community to submit their original artwork for any banned or challenged book. Our call for submissions resulted in 99 entries from local artists of all ages and backgrounds. All of the submissions are on display here – just click on an image to read why the book was banned and the artist’s statement about the piece.

Of these 99 entries, seven have been selected as the 2013 Banned Books Trading Card winners. Those seven were turned into limited edition trading cards, one for every day of Banned Books Week (Sept. 22-28). One limited edition Banned Book Trading Card will be available at the Lawrence Public Library each day of Banned Books Week. Stop by the library every day between Sept. 22 and 28 to complete your set!

Live out of town? Can’t stop by the library every day? Want to send a set to friends? A full set of trading cards is now available to purchase online! Click the link below to go to our store.


2013 Banned Books Trading Cards


  1. James Calderon says:

    What AWESOME art! Makes me want to read these all these BANNED books!

  2. Roberta Eveslage says:

    It is always shocking to see what books have been banned! “Where’s Waldo” seems an unlikely one? Go figure!
    Roberta Eveslage

  3. Susie Nightingale says:

    Almost all of these books are my favorites from both childhood and adulthood. I must like to read banned books! These are the books that you chew on and that are not easily digestible. They make you think and shake up your complacency. I applaud the library for promoting this campaign and for the artists who created such outstanding works. Keep up the good work!

  4. Heather says:

    From what list do these books come from? Who banned them?

    • Jennifer Daley says:

      It depends on the book. Some have been banned from schools in one specific state (like Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?), while others have been banned from individual school districts. Others may not have been officially banned but challenged. In the case of Charlotte’s Web, a parents group thought the talking animals was disrespectful to God due to blasphemy, but few school districts actually followed through with a ban.

      • Danielle says:

        Hi Jennifer! I was just wondering, do you know which parent group or Kansas school district challenged Charlotte’s Web and precisely when? I would love to cite this as a fact in a paper I’m writing, but hard as I try, I can’t seem to find a single first-hand account or news article with the specifics of the debate. Everyone who blogs about it has the same exact quote about talking animals being blasphemous, so it seems like it must have actually happened, but …

  5. It is important to know which books were banned even if many are not banned anymore or banned in few places. It is enlightening and surprising. For example I cannot see why The Giving Tree is on the list? This list will encourage many to search “why” or at least read the books.

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  7. Carole Thorn says:

    WHO is banning these books? They can’t be serious.
    I like Maya Angelou’s yellow caged bird.
    Are there age categories?

    • Jennifer Daley says:

      This year, we did not have age categories. However, our entries ranged from a 4-yr old to professional artists! Definitely something we are considering for the future.

      And isn’t it surprising that parent groups, school boards, and even state legislatures have banned or challenged some of these books? We hope the trading cards will help inspire more people to realize the importance of intellectual freedom.

  8. John Gibson says:

    In my youth days (50s & 60s) many books were banned by the U. S. Post Office from being sent through the mail. Some were banned by the U. S. Customs Service from being imported into the U. S. from overseas. Others were banned by a local police chief when he (there were no female chiefs back then) said he would arrest any book store owner who sold a given book. When I was in high school I shocked my English teacher by giving an oral book report on Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer. It was banned all over and not available in any area book stores, but I checked it out from my local library. it was a great book, good plot and well written, and I did leave the X-rated parts out of my report. I actually got an A on the report. Thank goodness for libraries as they are essential to helping preserve our freedoms.

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  11. Natalie Marrujo says:

    LOL! I hoped I enjoyed so last year’s complete submissions. I laughed out loud at the last one. So funny, but cute. Thanks for the new tip. It made my day fine, perhaps my sisters can draw their old favorites depending from when they’re small until recently. I am looking forward to the event at KCLS (King County Library System)! Don’t forget my virtual readouts, they’re coming soon!

  12. Rose Mendoza says:

    Just ordered set of trading cards. In my info I misspelled my email. It should be:

    Thanks. Rose G Mendoza

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