Artist: Kelly Barker
Banned/Challenged Book: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Reason for Banning: Book contains racist content. Looking at the banned or challenged book list, I saw so many that were outstanding pieces of literature for young adults that were banned because they deal with themes that adults just don’t trust their kids to be exposed to, which is ridiculous.
Excerpt from Artist’s Statement: Tom Sawyer – which the Lawrence Public Schools are still arguing about whether it should by read by students in the 8th grade. My medium is Lego, what better way to point out how childish it is to ban books than to build the cover out of a children’s toy.