Parents and lawmakers across the nation are pushing to ban books in schools. Many of the challenged books are by Black or LGBTQ authors. St. Louis-area students are determined to read banned materials to better understand Black history.
Are there books that contain ideas so crucial to understanding the world that it's actually dangerous not to read them? KCUR reached out to Kansas City's biggest book-readers and change-makers to find out what titles they'd put on such a list. Here's what they said.