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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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Discovering the Lost Artist of Martin Luther King & The Montgomery Story

January 20, 2020
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Discovering the Lost Artist of Martin Luther King & The Montgomery Story

Editor’s note: This story originally ran in April of 2018, but is being reposted now in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. For those interested in reading comics about The Civil Rights Movement, check out CBLDF’s Using Graphic Novels in Education for some great suggestions. In April of 2018, artist and comics journalist James…

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Virginia School Board Retains Two LGBTQ+ Books

January 17, 2020
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Virginia School Board Retains Two LGBTQ+ Books

Despite a targeted campaign against LGBTQ+ literature in one of the wealthiest school districts in America, Loudoun School Board in Virginia has voted to retain two of the diverse titles they set out to include at the beginning of the 2019 school year: Heather Has Two Mommies and Prince & Knight.  But this small win can not undo  damage that…

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New Bill in MO Wants Parents to Oversee Library’s YA Collection

January 16, 2020
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New Bill in MO Wants Parents to Oversee Library’s YA Collection

House Bill 2044 Threatens Fines, Jail, & Loss of Funding to Libraries that Give “Age-Inappropriate” Books to Kids Missouri House Representative Ben Baker has proposed a dangerous library oversight bill that could result in librarians being fined or even jailed for giving “age-inappropriate” materials to minors. House Bill 2044 proposes to mandate parental review boards…

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Bring Martin Luther King Jr into the Classroom with Comics!

January 15, 2020
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Bring Martin Luther King Jr into the Classroom with Comics!

Martin Luther King Jr Day is more than a day off. It’s a chance for teachers of History, English, Art, Social Studies, etc. to showcase the principles of tolerance, justice, human rights, and the importance of the First Amendment’s Right to Protest. One of the amazing things about comics is that they fit into lessons…

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Track your CBLDF Reading Challenge with Free Printables

January 14, 2020
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Track your CBLDF Reading Challenge with Free Printables

  There’s still time to join CBLDF’S Read (Something) More 2020 Challenge. It’s no secret that all of us here at CBLDF want you to spend time reading. Reading reduces stress, improves vocabulary and increases empathy. But this year we’v gone one step further and created a reading challenge to kick start this decade with…

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FL Group Calls for Prosecuting Obscenity in School

January 10, 2020
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FL Group Calls for Prosecuting Obscenity in School

The Florida Citizens Alliance is escalating tactics again seemingly in response to the lack of book challenges and bans in their home state. According to the Tampa Bay Times, FCA is encouraging the state’s Attorney General to prosecute schools that give obscene materials to children which is already a law in Florida, but one that…

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