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Back to School with Comics: Raising a Reader!

August 4, 2015
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Back to School with Comics: Raising a Reader!

Whether you have a student who is a reluctant reader, a student who needs more support, or a student who will read anything you put in front of him or her, CBLDF’s Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love To Read! is a great resource for educators. With more than…

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British Teens Barred from Diary of a Teenage Girl Film

July 30, 2015
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British Teens Barred from Diary of a Teenage Girl Film

Next week, a critically praised film adaptation of Phoebe Gloeckner’s graphic novel The Diary of a Teenage Girl will land in U.S. cinemas with an R rating for “strong sexual content including dialogue, graphic nudity, drug use, language and drinking-all involving teens.” But across the pond, teens the same age as 15-year-old protagonist Minnie will…

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Charleston Principal Removes Some Girls Are from Summer Reading List

July 29, 2015
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Charleston Principal Removes Some Girls Are from Summer Reading List

Based on a complaint from one parent, the principal of West Ashley High School in Charleston, South Carolina has removed Courtney Summers’ novel Some Girls Are as an option on a summer reading list for freshman Honors English. Although Charleston County School District’s challenge policy says that the school board should make the final decision…

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Despite Ban, Manga and Anime Remain Hot Topics on Chinese Social Media

July 28, 2015
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Despite Ban, Manga and Anime Remain Hot Topics on Chinese Social Media

Despite last month’s Chinese ban on dozens of manga and anime series that were said to “encourage juvenile delinquency, glorify violence and include sexual content,” social media users in China are easily circumventing the restrictions by sharing content online. According to a BBC News report, the hashtag #DeathNote is a top trending topic on microblogging…

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Adding Palomar to Your Library or Classroom Collection

July 24, 2015
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Adding Palomar to Your Library or Classroom Collection

Palomar by Gilbert Hernandez collects the author’s “Heartbreak Soup” stories, which originally appeared in the Love and Rockets series, a collaboration with his brothers Jaime and Mario. The book, which has received widespread critical praise, focuses on the interconnected lives of characters from one family in the fictional South American town of Palomar. In February…

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No, Charlie Hebdo Has Not Stopped Printing Mohammed Cartoons

July 22, 2015
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No, Charlie Hebdo Has Not Stopped Printing Mohammed Cartoons

Although international media have widely reported in the past few days that Charlie Hebdo publication director Laurent Sourisseau declared a definitive end to Mohammed cartoons in the satirical magazine, the editorial team clarified today that nothing has changed: They will caricature the prophet as current events warrant, but they are not “obsessed” with doing so.…

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Writers Reflect on a Free to Read Childhood

July 21, 2015
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Writers Reflect on a Free to Read Childhood

As ComicMix’s The Tweeks — twin tween geeks Maddy and Anya Ernst — launched their Challenged Graphic Novel Reading Challenge last week with Bone Vol. 1: Out from Boneville, a couple of the site’s adult contributors also took the opportunity to weigh in with hindsight on their own formative experiences as voracious readers who were…

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Emails Show Confused Response to Palomar Challenge in Rio Rancho

July 16, 2015
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Emails Show Confused Response to Palomar Challenge in Rio Rancho

Although we got word last week that Palomar by Gilbert Hernandez would be returning to high school library shelves in Rio Rancho, New Mexico after a parent’s challenge was resolved, a new report from Albuquerque radio station KUNM indicates that things may not be so straightforward. School district emails obtained via FOIA request show that…

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VICTORY in TX: LGBTQ Books Remain in Hood County Library

July 15, 2015
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VICTORY in TX: LGBTQ Books Remain in Hood County Library

Following a packed community forum where residents of Hood County, Texas spoke both for and against two LGBTQ-themed children’s books in the local public library, county commissioners decided yesterday that My Princess Boy and This Day In June will remain on the shelves. Library director Courtney Kincaid and the library’s advisory board had already denied…

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CBLDF Joins Coalition Defending LGBTQ Children’s Books in Hood County

July 13, 2015
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CBLDF Joins Coalition Defending LGBTQ Children’s Books in Hood County

In advance of a meeting where county commissioners in Hood County, Texas will hear citizen complaints against two LGBTQ-themed picture books in the local public library, CBLDF today joins with a coalition of free speech advocacy organizations led by the Kids’ Right to Read Project to send a letter in support of library director Courtney…

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