Education

CBLDF Joins Coalition Protesting Censorship of Of Mice and Men in Idaho

May 28, 2015
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CBLDF Joins Coalition Protesting Censorship of Of Mice and Men in Idaho

CBLDF has joined the National Coalition Against Censorship’s Kids’ Right to Read Project and other free speech advocates to protest an Idaho school district review committee’s recommendation that John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men be restricted in the 9th grade curriculum. Some parents and review committee members claim that the 1937 novella about migrant workers…

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CBLDF Rocks Out at Comicpalooza This Weekend!

May 22, 2015
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CBLDF Rocks Out at Comicpalooza This Weekend!

If you’re in the Houston, Texas, area this Memorial Day weekend, don’t miss CBLDF at Comicpalooza! We’ll be set up at booth #505 May 22 – 25 with signed premiums, membership goodies, and more to support our work fighting for the right to free speech! We’ll also have several silent auction items on display at…

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CBLDF Climbs the Mountain to Fight Censorship at DENVER COMIC CON!

May 21, 2015
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CBLDF Climbs the Mountain to Fight Censorship at DENVER COMIC CON!

This weekend, get a mile high with CBLDF at Denver Comic Con! Come visit us at booth #1202 during May 23-25 in Denver, Colorado, to help us protect the right to read! You can support free speech by donating for an excellent array of signed premiums or by becoming a CBLDF member! Or both because…

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The Handmaid’s Tale Under Attack in Oregon School

May 21, 2015
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atwood

Despite claiming she is “not a book banner,” an Oregon parent has launched a crusade against Margaret Atwood’s classic dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale, claiming the book is too sexually explicit and violent for seniors in AP English to handle. After hearing concerns voiced by her son, Katrina Montgomery researched the controversy around The Handmaid’s…

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Charter School Censors Penguin Play

May 20, 2015
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And Tango Makes Three

Canceling the show was “the best thing for our community.” This was a statement given by a parent regarding the unanimous decision to cancel a showing of the play And Then Came Tango at Sierra Foothill Charter School near Fresno, CA earlier last month. The play, based on the children’s book And Tango Makes Three…

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Listen Up: Charles Brownstein Talks Comics Censorship at TCAF!

May 18, 2015
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Listen Up: Charles Brownstein Talks Comics Censorship at TCAF!

CBLDF’s Charles Brownstein spoke about intellectual freedom and comics censorship at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, and we have recorded proof thanks to Jamie Coville! During the panel, “Protecting Comics: Graphic Novel Challenges in Today’s Libraries,” which was part of TCAF’s Librarian and Educator Day, Brownstein discussed why comics are challenged, how to fight challenges,…

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The Kite Runner Challenged in North Carolina High School

May 15, 2015
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The Kite Runner Challenged in North Carolina High School

A review committee in the Asheville, North Carolina, school system has deemed Khaled Hosseini The Kite Runner “an appropriate curriculum resource and in alignment with the current state wide instructional standards,” but the book could be suspended again pending an expected appeal from the parent who challenged the book. Lisa Baldwin, a district parent and…

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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Beanworld

May 15, 2015
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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Beanworld

Welcome to Using Graphic Novels in Education, an ongoing feature from CBLDF that is designed to allay confusion around the content of graphic novels and to help parents and teachers raise readers. In this column, we examine graphic novels, including those that have been targeted by censors, and provide teaching and discussion suggestions for the…

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SPRING INTO ACTION To Support CBLDF’s Comics History Work!

May 12, 2015
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SPRING INTO ACTION To Support CBLDF’s Comics History Work!

This week, SPRING INTO ACTION by becoming a member of Comic Book Legal Defense Fund! Donors joining this week will receive special thank you premiums that support CBLDF’s historical research and presentations, including a Skype visit with Fred Van Lente! All new and renewing members signing up this week will receive a Comics Code Authority…

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Children’s Book Week Spotlight: Books for Kids in High School

May 8, 2015
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Children’s Book Week Spotlight: Books for Kids in High School

Happy Children’s Book Week! The 2015 edition of Children’s Book Week launched on Saturday on Free Comic Book Day, and now that kids around the country have gotten a taste of comics, we want to recommend a few more! In this edition of CBLDF’s week-long feature, we have some suggestions for readers in Grades 9-12.…

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