Education

Giving Thanks for the Right to Read

November 27, 2014
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Giving Thanks for the Right to Read

It’s Thanksgiving, and while CBLDF would prefer to give thanks to the end of censorship entirely, we’re not so lucky. Regardless, we’ve seen several victories for the right to read this year, and we’re happy to include them on our list of things to be thankful for! Let’s take a look at a few of…

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Allegedly Harmful: UK Injunction Patrols the Fine Line Between Freedom of Speech and Child Welfare

November 26, 2014
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In early October the Court of Appeals in the UK issued an injunction, halting the publication of an unnamed memoir on the grounds that if distributed its “allegedly harmful” content could be “likely to exert a catastrophic effect on [the author's son's] self-esteem and…cause him enduring psychological harm.” In a time where everyone (including an…

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Help Us Make Banned Books Week Better!

November 19, 2014
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Banned Books Week 2014 may be over, but we are already hard at work planning Banned Books Week 2015. And, we want to make it better than ever! We need your help to make this happen. We have created a short, 15-question survey, and we want to know your thoughts. Your input and feedback will…

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Challenge to Jodi Picoult Book Struck Down in Pennsylvania

November 14, 2014
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Earlier this week, the Kennett Consolidated School District school board in Pennsylvania protected the freedom to read by voting 7 -1 to keep Jodi Picoult’s Nineteen Minutes on shelves in the high school library. Picoult’s widely-prasied book focuses on a school shooting and the events leading up to the shooting, including date rape and bullying. Nineteen Minutes…

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Neil Gaiman, Robie Harris, Judy Blume, and More Hit the Red Carpet for NCAC

November 11, 2014
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Last week, author and comics creator (and CBLDF Advisory Board co-chair!) Neil Gaiman and 39 other honorees were awarded the title of 2014 Free Speech Defender by the National Collation Against Censorship. On November 3rd, during a gala New York City, NCAC celebrated their 40th Anniversary and 40 years of free speech by honoring those…

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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Babymouse

November 10, 2014
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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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CBLDF Joins Letter Challenging Kings Canyon’s “Removal First, Review Second” Policy

November 7, 2014
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David Mitchell’s Black Swan Green might have survived a challenge in the King’s Canyon Unified School District, but the way the challenge was handled has many free speech advocates concerned. This week, CBLDF-sponsored Kids Right to Read Project sent a letter to the Kings Canyon School Board to voice those concerns. CBLDF joined KRRP on…

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Jaycee Dugard’s Memoir Removed from Middle School Classroom Libraries

November 6, 2014
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Jaycee Duggard A Stolen Life

After being reviewed by teachers of the Northview Michigan public middle school system, it has been decided that copies of Jaycee Dugard’s memoir A Stolen Life will not be included in seventh-grade classroom libraries. A New York Times bestselling autobiographical memoir, the book recounts Jaycee Dugard’s personal experiences as a victim of forced captivity and…

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Neil Gaiman to Be Honored as NCAC 2014 Free Speech Defender

November 3, 2014
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Neil Gaiman to Be Honored as NCAC 2014 Free Speech Defender

Today in New York City, the National Collation Against Censorship, along with thirty-nine other notable individuals, organizations, and initiatives, will honor award-winning author and comics creator Neil Gaiman the title of 2014 Free Speech Defender. For their 40th anniversary, at a gala event appropriately called 40 Years of Free Speech, NCAC will celebrate “the artists,…

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Dave Gibbons, First Comics Laureate and Champion for Comics in Education

November 3, 2014
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Dave Gibbons, First Comics Laureate and Champion for Comics in Education

With the appointment of comics creator Dave Gibbons of Watchmen fame as the U.K.’s first Comics Laureate, it seems the rest of the world has finally started to figure out what we already knew: that comics can have a positive role in education. Similar to the positions of Poet or Children’s Laureate, Dave Gibbons as…

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