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To: Book banners across the country!

Defend the Freedom to Read

As the former host of Reading Rainbow, I spent over 20 years inspiring millions of people of all ages to discover their love of reading. Now I'm seeing the books we once celebrated being challenged, restricted, and banned.

Join me and 150+ celebrities including Judy Blume, Ariana Grande, Roxane Gay, Amanda Gorman, Billy Porter, Chelsea Handler, Jodi Picoult, Gabrielle Union, Sharon Stone and more as we come together with MoveOn to reject book bans and defend the freedom to read.

The letter is as follows:

Why is this important?

The attacks on books and on the freedom to learn are calculated to render our histories, our communities, and our families invisible. Through book challenges and bans, the far right is attempting to erase LGBTQ+ people and people of color—and we will not let them succeed.

Together, we can make a difference. Will you join us and add your name to the petition?
Here is the list of the celebrities and activists who have signed onto the letter so far:




2023-09-27 21:55:26 -0400

50,000 signatures reached

2023-09-26 18:02:11 -0400

Rob Corddry, Rob Reiner, Robbie Morris, Ron Perlman, Roxane Gay, Sadie Dupuis, Samantha Ronson, Sandra Cisneros, Sarah Paulson, Sarah Sophie Flicker, Sedona Prince LLC, Shannon Downey (BACS), Sharon Stone, Sheila B., Simone Norman, Sofia Warren, Sophia Bush, Spencer Ackerman, Spencer Compton, Steven Pasquale, Stick To Your Guns, Storefront Church, Stray From The Path, SuburbanCrunchyGirl Andie Freeman, Sunny Hostin, Tara Strong, The Callous Daoboys, The Cybertronic Spree, Tim Guinee, Tinashe, Torrey DeVitto, Trey Bruce, Trivium, Two Minutes To Late Night, Ue3 Promotions, War On Women, Yola, Zaria Forman, Zoe Lister-Jones, and Zooey Deschanel have signed!

2023-09-26 18:01:50 -0400

Idina Menzel, Internet Today, J Smith-Cameron, Jacqueline Toboni, Jaime King, James Isaiah Muñoz, Jason Collins, Jason Ritter, Jazz Jennings, Jeff Rosenstock, Jesse Ferguson / Gale, Jessica Capshaw, Jessica Marie Garcia, Jodi Picoult, Joel Birch, Joel McKinnon Miller, John Leguizamo, Jose Ramos, Judd Apatow, Judy Blume, Kaci Bolls, Karah Preiss, Kathy Najimy, Katie Rich, Kay Cannon, Kayleigh Goldsworthy, Kelly McCreary, Kelly Zutrau, Kevin Kruse, Knocked Loose, Kristin Bauer, Layne Ihde Author, Leigh Bardugo, LeVar Burton, Lexi Underwood, Loung Ung, Luvvie Ajayi Jones, Madelyn Cline, Maia Kobabe, Margaret Atwood, Margaret Cho, Mark Mackillop, Mark Ruffalo, Meena Harris, Michael Ian Black, Michael Kelly, Michael Lapinski, Muggytone Productions, Natasha Lyonne, Natasha Rothwell, Nathan Meckel, Nick Adams, Nicolas Hosford, Nik Dodani, Nikki Giovanni, Old Man Gloom, Padma Lakshmi, Patton Oswalt, Pete Souza, Piper Perabo, PUP, Raquel Willis, Reshma Saujani, and Rob Ackroyd have signed!

2023-09-26 18:00:18 -0400

So far, 170 celebrities and activists have signed on:

Abigail Disney, Adam McKay, Adina Porter, Aisha Tyler, Aja Monet, Akilah Hughes, Alimi Ballard, ALOK, Alysia Reiner, Alyssa Milano, Amanda Gorman, Andie Freeman, Andy Cohen, Angie Thomas, Ann Patchett, AnnaSophia Robb, Ariana Grande, Ashly Burch, Ava Max, Ava Philippe, Barbara Joosse, Bellamy Young, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Bill Nye, Billy Porter, Brandon Dermer, Brittany O'Grady, Busy Philipps, Cara Mentzel, Cave In, Chad Coleman, Charlotte Clymer, Chelsea Handler, Chelsea Wolfe, Chrissie Fit, Chris Mosier, Christie Brinkley, Christina Michelle, Clark Gregg, Constance Wu, Converge, Dan Andriano, DIIV, Doomriders, Dying Wish, Elaine Hendrix, Elizabeth Gillies, Ellen Barkin, Emma Roberts, Escuela Grind, Eve 6, Fatimah Asghar, Felicia Day, Gabrielle Union, Garbage, Garden Films, Garrett Russell, Gloria Steinem, Gouge Away, Grace Gaustad, Great American Ghost, Greg Grunberg, Greyhaven, Guillermo del Toro, Guy Endore-Kaiser, hate5six

2023-09-20 19:51:33 -0400

20,000 signatures reached

2023-09-20 17:50:38 -0400

10,000 signatures reached

2023-09-20 17:23:06 -0400

5,000 signatures reached

2023-09-20 13:45:02 -0400

1,000 signatures reached

2023-09-19 22:03:18 -0400

500 signatures reached

2023-09-15 13:22:23 -0400

100 signatures reached

2023-09-13 22:15:28 -0400

50 signatures reached

2023-09-13 18:04:34 -0400

25 signatures reached

2023-09-13 17:16:19 -0400

10 signatures reached