Author shares experience amid book bans

Children's book author Laurel Snyder discusses how she and other authors are responding amid the ongoing surge in book bans across the U.S. (Courtesy of Laurel Snyder)

PEN America reports nearly 6,000 books have been banned in public schools across 41 states.

Many of those banned books are for young adult readers and tackle topics such as violence and racism or center stories about people of color and LGBTQ+ individuals. The issue is the focus of a Thursday night discussion at Charis Books & More called “Writing for Kids in an Age of Censorship.”

Children’s author Laurel Snyder, who is scheduled to speak at the event, was a guest on Thursday’s edition of “Closer Look.” She talked with show host Rose Scott about the event, her experience of having her book banned and the ongoing challenges writers face amid the surge in book bans.