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Books are for learning, not banning
IDRA helped lead the charge this year against classroom censorship across the country. We worked with policymakers to derail proposed policies that harm students. We brought parents and students to the capitol to speak on their own behalf and that of their communities. And we are helping educators make sure that – even under new censorship laws – they can still do their job to ensure equity in education for all students.

Texas’ classroom censorship law (SB 3) goes into effect on December 2. Along with it, state policymakers are ruffling feathers about certain books that may or may not be accessible to students in school. One policymaker released a list of over 800 books for some school districts to document. And while no one is officially trying to ban these books so far, the freedom to read is still harmed by the chilling effect that follows.

There are some really good books on that list – award-winning books that make good gifts. Just in time for the holidays!

Since the list is 16 pages long, IDRA is here to help! We are highlighting some of our favorite books on the list of 800+. Check them out below! 

If you decide to buy some of these books on Amazon, we invite you to use Amazon Smile to send Amazon’s donations our way.

You're welcome to make your Giving Tuesday donation to IDRA a week early to help us keep up the fight!
Super easy steps to set up your Amazon Smile

1. Log-in to your Amazon account.
  • On a computer: Go to
  • On the Amazon app: Search for “smile sign on” to turn on AmazonSmile.

2. Search for and select: "IDRA" or "Intercultural Development Research Association.” Amazon will remember your selection.

3. Start shopping!
4. Make sure "smile" is in your Amazon shopping cart URL.

It costs you nothing! Amazon makes the donation.
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The Intercultural Development Research Association is an independent, non-profit organization. Our mission is to achieve equal educational opportunity for every child through strong public schools that prepare all students to access and succeed in college. IDRA strengthens and transforms public education by providing dynamic training; useful research, evaluation, and frameworks for action; timely policy analyses; and innovative materials and programs.
IDRA works hand-in-hand with hundreds of thousands of educators and families each year in communities and classrooms around the country. All our work rests on an unwavering commitment to creating self-renewing schools that value and promote the success of students of all backgrounds. 
November 24, 2021