Extremist politicians and outside groups are attacking our kids’ education. In fact, they’ve become SO extreme that they’ve resorted to book banning. They’ve even tried to ban books about Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks.

Well, suburban women aren’t having it. This is not the 1950’s. Every kid should be equipped for the 21st century, and that means learning real history (not fairy tales) and respecting people across our differences. It means ensuring every kid feels safe to learn and thrive at school.

Join us to make sure our kids get an honest and accurate education.


At Red Wine & Blue, we believe that the best way to fight book bans is with knowledge and facts! So now we’re taking our Banned Bookmobile national and we need your help! You can host your very own Banned Bookmobile to help kids in your community access the powerful books that extremists are trying to take away. 

Each Banned Bookmobile kit will contain: 20 banned or challenged books with a mix of titles for preschool, elementary, and middle school kids, a variety of bookmarks and stickers–for kids and parents, a Banned Bookmobile sign and instructions sheet, and even information to hand out to parents and encourage them to get involved. Literally everything you need to host your own Banned Bookmobile! What are you waiting for? 😀

Our bookmobiles are part of our brand new initiative, Freedom to Parent 21st Century Kids.

Conversations with Banned Book Authors

Becky Albertalli

Ibi Zoboi

Dashka Slater

Elana K. Arnold

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Red Wine & Blue has launched our Little Banned Book Club, where we focus on childrens’ books that are being targeted by extremists and being banned or challenged in communities across the country. Are you a parent, grandparent, auntie, educator, or awesome friend who wants to learn more about why kids’ books are being banned? Are you trying to figure out how to talk with kids about these books? This is the place!

Join us for our inaugural Little Banned Book Club! Our first book is And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson, a book about an adorable penguin couple, Roy and Silo, who live in the Central Park Zoo and decide to start a family. Together, we will read the book and talk about why some folks are up in arms about it.

What We Are Reading Next:

Join us on November 15th at 7:30 ET for our November Banned Book Club as we read Maus by Art Speigelman. Maus is a moving work of art often cited as the greatest graphic novel ever written. Art not only recounts the chilling experiences of his father during the Holocaust, he tells the story within the story about his tortured relationship with his aging father. This is an unforgettable story of survival and a disarming look at the legacy of trauma. You won’t want to miss this.

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June Banned Book Club – Lawn Boy by Jonathan Evison

Felix Laneri and Susan Kuklin chat about ” Beyond Magenta”

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Books We Have Previously Read

The Perks of Being a Wallflower The 14th most banned or challenged book in 2022. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor. This haunting novel about the dilemma of passivity vs. passion marks the stunning debut of a provocative new voice in contemporary fiction.

Lawn Boy by Jonathan Evison: For Mike Muñoz, a young Chicano living in Washington, life has been a lot of waiting for something to happen. Not too many years out of high school and still doing menial work—and just fired from his latest gig as a lawn boy on a landscaping crew—he knows that he’s got to be the one to shake things up if he’s ever going to change his life. 

Beyond Magenta by Susan Kuklin: This groundbreaking work of LGBT literature takes an honest look at the life, love, and struggles of transgender teens. Author and photographer Susan Kuklin met and interviewed six transgender or gender-neutral young adults and used her considerable skills to represent them thoughtfully and respectfully before, during, and after their personal acknowledgment of gender preference.

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison: The Bluest Eye is one of many novels on the ALA’s lists of challenged books, appearing as 15th out of 100 of the most challenged novels in the most recent decade. Banned and challenged because it depicts child sexual abuse, sexually explicit material and racism.

Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall: Kendall’s central thesis is that mainstream feminism in the United States has been anything but inclusive, despite being “a movement that draws much of its strength from the claim that it represents over half of the world’s population.” It’s been banned for divisive topics.
Beloved by Toni Morrison: Beloved often appears on the most frequently banned book lists, and was targeted by Gov. Youngkin (R, Virginia), during his 2021 campaign. It was banned for sexually explicit material, religious viewpoints, and violence.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas: The Hate U Give is a Young Adult book that focuses on a police shooting of an unarmed Black teenager. It was banned and challenged for profanity, violence, and because it was thought to promote an anti-police message and indoctrination of a social agenda.
All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson: This book is about growing up Black and queer, and always feeling different but not having the words to express it. It’s been banned and challenged for LGBTQIA+ content, profanity, and because it was considered to be sexually explicit.
Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Pérez: Ashley Hope Pérez wrote her historical young adult novel Out of Darkness to give voice to stories that had been silenced. It’s been banned, challenged, and restricted for depictions of abuse and because it was considered to be sexually explicit.
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury: Fahrenheit 451 is a 1953 novel by Ray Bradbury, set in a future dystopia where books are banned, and firemen set fires instead of putting them out. It has been banned because it “violates religious beliefs” because the Bible is banned within the plotline of the story.
The Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley: The novel’s plot centers on Daunis Fontaine, an 18-year-old girl with a French mother and an Ojibwe father, who often feels torn between cultures. It was challenged unsuccessfully in school districts in Wisconsin for themes of drug use and divisive topics.

Special thanks to Dr. Tasslyn Magnusson for the hours and hours and hours she has put into researching these book bans. Learn more about her here.

Our Partners

Pen America
North Carolina Teachers United
Honesty for Ohio Education
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Loudoun 4 All
Public School Advocates
EveryLibrary Institute
Network Nova
Round Rock Black Parents Association
Fems for Democracy
Action Together NEPA
Save Our Schools: NC Parents for Public Schooling
Florida Freedom to Read Project
North Carolinians for Safety, Truth, and Reason in Schools
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