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The Curious Incident of the Wilson County School Board

June 12, 2014
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The Curious Incident of the Wilson County School Board

When books are challenged in libraries and schools, one of the most important things for governing boards and administrators to do is have a clear and complete challenge policy already in place–and to actually follow it. Since last month the Wilson County School Board in Tennessee has been illustrating how not to go about it…

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Middle Eastern Online Bookseller Puts Spotlight on Banned Books

June 10, 2014
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Middle Eastern Online Bookseller Puts Spotlight on Banned Books

Hoping to overwhelm censors, the founder of Middle Eastern online bookstore Jamalon announced last week that the site will launch a section devoted to books that have been banned in any of the 22 countries it serves. This is not only a gesture in support of intellectual freedom, says Ala Alsallal; it’s also good business.…

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This Week Only: Donate $5 Extra to CBLDF When You Shop on Amazon!

June 10, 2014
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This Week Only: Donate $5 Extra to CBLDF When You Shop on Amazon!

Attention Father’s Day shoppers! From now through this Sunday, Amazon will donate an extra $5 to the charity of your choice (which we hope is CBLDF) for every eligible purchase made through the AmazonSmile program. Even after this promotion is over at 11:59 PT on Sunday, you can still divert 0.5% of funds from your…

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Florida School’s Cancelling Little Brother Assignment Causes Big First Amendment Concerns

June 9, 2014
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Florida School’s Cancelling Little Brother Assignment Causes Big First Amendment Concerns

In a letter sent today (below), members of the National Coalition Against Censorship’s Kids’ Right to Read Project expressed concerns over the cancellation of Cory Doctorow’s novel Little Brother, as the assigned text for Booker T. Washington High School’s school-wide summer reading program. The letter points out that “the book was selected after an extensive process…

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Pensacola Principal Cancels Little Brother Summer Reading Program

June 9, 2014
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Pensacola Principal Cancels Little Brother Summer Reading Program

In a move reminiscent of South Carolina’s months-long battle over Fun Home at the College of Charleston, a high school principal in Pensacola, Florida last week cancelled a One School/One Book summer reading program because he thought Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother was inappropriate for 9th and 10th grade students. Author and BoingBoing co-editor Doctorow posted…

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North Carolina Woman May Not Pursue Challenge to Absolutely True Diary

June 5, 2014
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North Carolina Woman May Not Pursue Challenge to Absolutely True Diary

Earlier this week, news broke of yet another challenge brewing for Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Frankie Wood of Brunswick County, North Carolina, who has no children in the local school district, was nevertheless circulating petitions in area churches to have the book removed from schools because it mentions masturbation…

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Judy Blume: Let Kids Choose What They Read

June 5, 2014
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Judy Blume: Let Kids Choose What They Read

After more than 40 years in the business, beloved children’s and YA author Judy Blume knows both young readers and the censorious impulses of some adults very well. Speaking recently at the annual Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts in Wales, she had a message for parents: trust your kids to judge what they…

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CBLDF Joins Defense of Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

June 3, 2014
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CBLDF Joins Defense of Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Following this week’s news of yet another challenge to Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, CBLDF has once again joined with the other coalition members of the Kids’ Right to Read Project to defend the book. Ahead of tonight’s school board meeting in Brunswick County, North Carolina, where community member Frankie…

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North Carolina Woman Challenges “Disgusting” Absolutely True Diary

June 3, 2014
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North Carolina Woman Challenges “Disgusting” Absolutely True Diary

We have nearly lost count of how many times Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian has been challenged in schools across the United States, but it’s happening again in Brunswick County, North Carolina. Frankie Wood, a 73-year-old great-grandmother who has no children in Brunswick County schools, has circulated a petition in…

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Professor Finds College Is Not Too Late To Win Comics Readers

May 30, 2014
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Professor Finds College Is Not Too Late To Win Comics Readers

We talk a lot here about how comics and graphic novels can be incorporated into the K-12 curriculum. But as one college professor was pleased to discover this past semester, the post-secondary level is definitely not too late to win converts and get students thinking about comics’ cultural role. Brian M. Puaca, an associate professor…

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