Education

Palomar Stays on Shelves in Rio Rancho

March 27, 2015
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Palomar Stays on Shelves in Rio Rancho

In response to one New Mexico parent’s complaint that a highly-regarded graphic novel was “child porn,” a district review committee has voted to keep the book in a high school library. One month ago local TV news station KOAT reported that a Rio Rancho parent was deeply troubled that her son checked out Gilbert Hernandez’s…

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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Aya: Life in Yop City

March 27, 2015
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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Aya: Life in Yop City

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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Perks of Being a Wallflower Removed from Wallingford, CT Curriculum

March 20, 2015
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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is being challenged once again, this time at Sheehan High School in Wallingford, Connecticut, where it has been pulled from the freshman reading list as well as the school’s curriculum after complaints from a parent over the book’s more mature themes. Late last year, Jean Pierre Bolat, parent and…

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CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein Takes Fight for Free Speech to Norway

March 18, 2015
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CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein Takes Fight for Free Speech to Norway

CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein is taking our mission international again, this time to Oslo, Norway, where he will speak about free expression, Charlie Hebdo, CBLDF’s mission, and the power of comics. Brownstein will be participating in a number of events. Let’s take a look… Comics After Charlie Hebdo: Opening Exhibition Friday, March 20, 6:00 –…

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Enter the Children’s Book Week Display Contest and Win an Author Visit!

March 13, 2015
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Enter the Children’s Book Week Display Contest and Win an Author Visit!

On May 2, comic book stores will kick off Children’s Book Week (May 4-10, 2015), the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading! Children’s Book Council, Every Child a Reader, and the ABC Children’s Group at the American Booksellers Association are sponsoring their annual display contest, and the contest winner will…

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CBLDF Rises to Defend Gilbert Hernandez’s Palomar

March 9, 2015
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CBLDF Rises to Defend Gilbert Hernandez’s Palomar

Recently, we learned through a biased TV news report that Gilbert Hernandez’s acclaimed Hearthbreak Soup collection, Palomar, had been called “child porn” by a parent in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. Today, CBLDF rose to the book’s defense by developing a letter with the Kids’ Right to Read Project to defend the graphic novel. When Catreena Lopez…

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VICTORY in Florida: School Board Votes Unanimously to Keep History Textbooks

March 5, 2015
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On Monday, CBLDF joined a coalition led by the National Coalition Against Censorship to defend two history books used in 10th grade classrooms in Charlotte County, Florida. The school board convened this week to decide the fate of the books and voted unanimously to keep them in classrooms. CBLDF joins coalition efforts like these to…

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Crime Does Not Pay Publisher Defends Comics in 1952 Magazine Article

March 5, 2015
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Crime Does Not Pay Publisher Defends Comics in 1952 Magazine Article

Amid all the voices directed against comic books during the Forties and Fifties, one of the strongest in their defense was that of Lev Gleason. Gleason had instituted an editorial code of ethics in his own successful line of comics and was president of the first industry-wide group that hoped to self-regulate content, the Association…

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CBLDF Joins Coalition Defending History Books in Florida

March 2, 2015
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History curricula are under fire around the country, from Jefferson County, Colorado, to a recent attack in Florida. CBLDF has joined a coalition led by the National Coalition Against Censorship to defend two history books in used in 10th grade classrooms in Charlotte County, Florida. CBLDF joins coalition efforts like these to protect the freedom…

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CBLDF to Release US & UK Versions of Raising A Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love to Read!

February 27, 2015
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CBLDF to Release US & UK Versions of Raising A Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love to Read!

Just in time for Children’s Book Week, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to release a new printing of Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love To Read!, CBLDF’s signature resource for parents and educators about the learning benefits of comics! By popular demand, we are also releasing…

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