Artist: Kelly Cavner
Banned/Challenged Book: To Kill A Mockingbird
Reason for Banning: Racial slurs, profanity, and blunt dialogue about rape
Excerpt from Artist’s Statement: This is a wonderful book with so many important messages. It’s a travesty that it could have ever been banned or challenged. My design is illustrated from a child’s perspective, Jem and Scout’s point of view — what they’re learning about racial hatred. Just as “killing a mockingbird is a sin,” so is the way Tom Robinson, an innocent black man, is judged, persecuted, and ultimately killed by the white community.