RELEASE: This World Book Day, Republicans Continue to Push Extreme Book Bans & Threaten Librarians

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New Hampshire Republicans continue to prioritize extreme and dangerous proposals, far outside the mainstream

WASHINGTON — Today is World Book Day, a day reserved to celebrate reading and books. However, the day takes on a darker tone in the U.S. this year given books are under unprecedented attack amid Republican school culture wars. Last year alone, Republican state legislators and school districts passed bans that impacted over 1,500 books. As if that isn’t extreme enough, at least 100 bills are being considered across 27 states this year to further restrict books and criminalize librarians and classroom discussion.

Here’s a look at the Republicans’ 10 latest extreme book bans in the states:

In direct contrast to Republican leadership, Democrats are leading the fight against book bans. 

Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee Communications Director Abhi Rahman issued the following statement:

“This World Book Day is a reminder of the fundamental role that books play in educating kids and bringing learning to all generations. Unfortunately, books are under unprecedented attack in the U.S. amid Republican culture wars, undermining classroom discussion around important topics like race, sexuality, and gender identity. Classrooms should be environments that encourage learning and exploration – not authoritarian spaces that stifle discussion. Book bans are censorship – point blank – which threatens our very democracy. Republicans will find themselves on the wrong side of history with these dangerous culture wars, and Democrats in the states are fighting back.”

The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) is the official Democratic Party committee dedicated to winning America’s state legislatures and building state infrastructure. Over the last decade, we have fought cycle-over-cycle to gain a dozen new legislative chamber majorities and we are leading the effort to bring national attention and investment to our ballot level. State legislatures are the building blocks of our democracy and have the closest connections to Americans’ day-to-day lives. From protecting fundamental freedoms and voting rights to growing the middle class, the DLCC and state legislators are moving the Democratic agenda forward and shaping the future of this country.