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School Library Journal Recommends Great Nonfiction Graphic Novels for March Fans

January 25, 2017
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As Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell’s acclaimed graphic novel trilogy March continues to win awards and be recognized for its historical and contemporary importance, the School Library Journal has published a list of nonfiction graphic novels that are perfect for fans of the series. March, whose third and final volume recently won…

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2016 VLA Graphic Novel Diversity Award Accepting Nominations

January 24, 2017
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Nominations for the Virginia Library Association Graphic Novel Diversity Award are now being accepted. The award, which celebrates its second year, aims to highlight diversity in graphic novels with the goal of helping libraries to promote education and reading. Whether the subject matter is race, disability, religion, or sexual orientation, both entries for established publishers…

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Banned Books Offer Twice the Educational Opportunity

January 20, 2017
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Banned Books Offer Twice the Educational Opportunity

In a recent article, The New York Times contributor Perri Klass notes that introducing banned books into children’s reading time can provide two valuable learning opportunities: the opportunity to discuss the content of the books themselves and a broader discussion about why that content might be perceived as controversial. Klass included some recommended banned reading in…

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March Book 3 Wins Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children’s Literature

January 19, 2017
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This week marks another milestone in the March trilogy by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell as March Book Three took home the Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children’s Literature. Announced by the non-profit organization We Need Diverse Books, the award — also known simply as “The Walter” — is given to works that have…

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New Comic Series Tackles the United States’ State of Emergency

January 18, 2017
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From issues of identity to politics, a new series by Illustrated PEN, entitled State of Emergency, captures the current concerns under the new administration and promotes free speech through cartoons. As the website notes, “the Illustrated PEN aspires to be at the intersection of literature, journalism, and visual storytelling, where images and words come together in an…

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Pro-Life Poster Raises Free Speech Concerns in Indiana School

January 5, 2017
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In response to administrators’ order to remove a pro-life poster at a Carmel Clay School in Indiana, the National Coalition Against Censorship sent a letter to the superintendent and principal stating that the decision not only violates the First Amendment, but also compromises the overall educational environment at the school. The hand-painted poster designed by the…

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Gene Yang: Building Bridges with Comics

January 3, 2017
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Gene Yang, acclaimed graphic novelist, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, and MacArthur Fellowship award winner, sat down with PBS Newshour at Stonewall Middle School in Manassas, Virginia, to discuss how comics can help young readers embrace diversity and what coding and writing have in common. From critically acclaimed works like American Born Chinese and…

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10 Top CBLDF Stories of 2016

December 28, 2016
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10 Top CBLDF Stories of 2016

As 2016 comes to a close, we look back on our 10 most-read stories of the past year… Pearls Before Swine Strip Pulled for ISIS Reference On July 27, the award-winning syndicated strip published daily in more than 750 newspapers nationwide was abruptly pulled for its loose reference to ISIS. Creator Stephan Pastis made the announcement…

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Overwatch Digital Comic Banned in Russia for “Gay Propaganda”

December 23, 2016
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The internet may be celebrating the announcement that a main character in the Overwatch digital comic based on the popular video game is LGBTQ, but unfortunately fans in Russia will miss out. As Mashable recently reported, due to laws in the country limiting the depiction of homosexuality, the comic will not be made available. Since…

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Critical Trump Painting Relocated From PA Art Exhibit

December 21, 2016
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Critical Trump Painting Relocated From PA Art Exhibit

A last minute decision to move a painting explicitly criticizing president-elect Donald Trump to a smaller separate gallery during a Pennsylvania art show is raising concerns in the free speech community. The gouache painting by Brian Wiggins entitled “FUCK TRUMP” was initially submitted to be included in Allentown Art Museum’s exhibit Hues of Red and Blue:…

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