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  • Writer's pictureShameer Bismilla

The Great Banned-Books Bake Sale


I recently had the pleasure of reading "The Great Banned Books Bake Sale" written by Aya Khalil and beautifully illustrated by Anait Semirdzhyan. It's a captivating picture book that made a lasting impact on my second grade class. The story revolves around Kanzi and her classmates, who embark on a journey of self discovery and empowerment when they discover that books representing voices have been banned from their school library. This heartwarming tale not only emphasises the importance of inclusivity in literature but it also tackles the issue of book censorship in a manner that young children can easily comprehend and connect with. Through their bake sale fundraiser Kanzi and her friends learn the power of using their voices and standing up for what they believe in. This remarkable story encourages kids to embrace diversity, challenge censorship and take action to safeguard their right to knowledge.


"The Great Banned Books Bake Sale" serves as a sequel to "The Arabic Quilt". It is suitable for readers aged 7-10 although it can be enjoyed as a standalone book too.


After finishing this book my students not only gained an understanding of the importance of diverse literature but also became eager to delve into the reasons behind book restrictions. I highly recommend this book to parents and educators as a resource for initiating conversations about inclusivity, censorship and the impact of advocacy, on young readers. "The Great Banned Books Bake Sale" is a tale that will linger in your thoughts long after you've reached the last page.

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