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5 LGBTQ+ Comics to Enjoy with (or without) a Valentine

February 12, 2020
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5 LGBTQ+ Comics to Enjoy with (or without) a Valentine

If you love Spinning or are still trying to get Firefly back on the air: On A Sunbeam by Tillie Walden An epic story of women, space travel, and lost love. A spaceship crew flies in a giant goldfish-shaped ship through the deepest reaches of space trying to rebuild parts of the past, which mirrors new crew member…

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VA Lawmakers Gut New Voices Legislation

February 11, 2020
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VA Lawmakers Gut New Voices Legislation

The Student Press Law Center (SPLC) released a statement expressing their concerns and disappointment with Virginia House of Delegates for removing First Amendment protections for high school students from HB 36. Just two weeks before student journalists and advisors testified on Student Press Freedom Day, They spoke movingly of the truth and transparency New Voices…

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Victory in WY for Drama and Free Expression!

February 3, 2020
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Victory in WY for Drama and Free Expression!

Officials voted unanimously to retain Raina Telgemeier’s Drama in an elementary school library in Cheyenne, Wyoming. CBLDF wrote to support the graphic novel, and offered resources to provide context for educators, librarians, administrators, and parents who may be interested in learning more about the comic. Drama was challenged by a parent because “It takes away…

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New Kid Comic First to Win Prestigious Newbery Medal

January 31, 2020
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New Kid Comic First to Win Prestigious Newbery Medal

Comics break another barrier with Jerry Craft’s New Kid winning the coveted Newbery Medal for Young Adult Literature. School Library Journal interviewed Craft about being the creator of the first graphic novel to win this honor in the almost century since its inception he highlighted the importance of a comic winning plus another very important…

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Journalism isn’t a Hobby — Why Students Deserve the Full Force of the First Amendment

January 29, 2020
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Journalism isn’t a Hobby — Why Students Deserve the Full Force of the First Amendment

January 29th is National Student Press Freedom Day, set aside to highlight their achievements and the importance of allowing student journalists the full protection of the First Amendment. Since the landmark Hazelwood decision, student journalists have been subject to increasing censorship, administrative prior review, and other practices that attempt to affirm they aren’t “real journalists.”…

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CBLDF Stands Up for Missouri Libraries & First Amendment

January 28, 2020
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CBLDF Stands Up for Missouri Libraries & First Amendment

CBLDF has joined with other free expression organizations to speak out against Missouri House Bill 2044, as it stands in opposition to rights granted to all U.S. citizens by the First Amendment and any perceived merit is redundant with existing legislation. The bill, written and submitted by Rep. Ben Baker, aims to create parental oversight…

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Little & Lion Upsetting Florida Parents

January 28, 2020
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Little & Lion Upsetting Florida Parents

A few parents are clutching their pearls in West Palm Beach, Florida as they try to get Brandy Colbert’s Little & Lion banned from the district. Recently, the angry group of parents approached the school board for Palm Beach Central High School in Wellington to ask that the book be removed and were instead informed that…

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Help Protect the Voices in Your Community – Join CBLDF!

January 24, 2020
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Help Protect the Voices in Your Community – Join CBLDF!

Attacks on comics, books, programming, and displays continue to fill the news. A wealthy school district in Virginia is facing a coordinated attack against 80 new diverse books. There is proposed legislation in Missouri aimed at eliminating Drag Queen Story Hour that would land librarians in jail for lending an “age-inappropriate” book. And that’s our…

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Jason Reynolds Named Library of Congress’ national ambassador for young people’s literature

January 23, 2020
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Jason Reynolds Named Library of Congress’ national ambassador for young people’s literature

Popular author Jason Reynolds has been announced as the Library of Congress’ newest ambassador for young people’s literature. This honored position is a two year post presented to an exceptional author who will work to increase literacy and engagement with YA readers. Past ambassadors include Jacqueline Woodson, and CBLDF Board Member Gene Luen Yang. Reynolds…

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Drag Queen Story Hours the Target of MO Library Bill

January 21, 2020
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Drag Queen Story Hours the Target of MO Library Bill

Last week CBLDF reported on House Bill 2044 in Missouri which threatens fines, jail, & loss of funding for libraries that give “age-inappropriate” books to kids. We speculated possible reasons that Representative Ben Baker came up with the bill, but he recently admitted that it is Drag Queen Story Hours that drew his attention to…

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