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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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Why Is LGBT Romance “Too Adult” For All-Ages Comics?

May 29, 2014
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Why Is LGBT Romance “Too Adult” For All-Ages Comics?

There is a common refrain that we often hear when children’s books with age-appropriate LGBT themes are challenged in schools and libraries. While there are still plenty of detractors, who bluntly declare same-sex relationships to be “unnatural,” these days there seem to be a lot more people who believe they’ve found a middle ground. They…

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Twitter Complies With Pakistan Censorship Requests

May 27, 2014
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Twitter Complies With Pakistan Censorship Requests

Not so long ago, Twitter stood out among social media companies for its defense of free speech. Unlike Facebook, which has a habit of blocking content first and asking questions never, Twitter and its chief lawyer Alexander Macgillivray tended to side with users against censorship requests in the US and abroad. But Macgillivray left the…

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Oishinbo Manga Suspended Amidst Nuclear Furor

May 23, 2014
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Oishinbo Manga Suspended Amidst Nuclear Furor

The long-running manga Oishinbo, which raised a stir in recent weeks by suggesting a link between the Fukushima nuclear meltdown and health problems suffered by area residents, has suspended publication under heavy criticism from local Japanese governments and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. When the controversy began after the April 28 edition of Oishinbo, which appears…

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