Banned Book Trading Cards: Collect ‘Em All


Libraries across the country are celebrating Banned Books Week, which lasts through this Saturday, but Lawrence Public Library in Kansas has taken a rather (forgive us) novel approach to the festivities. The library put out a call for submissions for local artists to create “trading cards” inspired by banned books, the best of which they’re handing out at the library all week. Since we’re pretty covetous of all things collectable (and all things book-related), this seems like a genius idea to us — not to mention the fact that a lot of the resultant artwork is pretty wonderful. Click through to see some of our favorites from the submitted artworks, and then be sure to head here to check out the full collection.

Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut. Artist: Kent Smith

Rabbit, Run, by John Updike. Artist: Webmocker

Animal Farm, by George Orwell. Artist: Barry Fitzgerald

The Giver, by Lois Lowry. Artist: Alice Kelsey

Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck. Artist: Matthew Lord

Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut. Artist: Jennifer Newlin

The Golden Compass, by Philip Pullman. Artist: Cara Berberet

A Separate Peace, by John Knowles. Artist: Mariah Houk

The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger. Artist: Mara McAllister

The Call of the Wild, by Jack London. Artist: Heather Martin