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Banned Books Week Celebrates Young Adult Books in 2015

April 22, 2015
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Banned Books Week Celebrates Young Adult Books in 2015

Young Adult books will be the focus of Banned Books Week in 2015, the event’s national planning committee announced today. Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the freedom to read, will run from September 27 through October 3, 2015, and will be observed in libraries, schools, bookstores and other community settings across the nation…

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CBLDF Executive Director Discusses the Power of Comics in Norway

April 15, 2015
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CBLDF Executive Director Discusses the Power of Comics in Norway

CBLDF Executive Director Charles Browstein recently took the fight for the freedom to read to Norway, and we now have the video evidence to prove it! The amazing folks at Creative Mornings, which hosted one of Brownstein’s lectures, “The Power of Comics,” just released a recording of his talk. Despite the early hour, Brownstein spoke…

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CBLDF Executive Director Responds to Most Frequently Challenged List

April 14, 2015
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Over the weekend, ALA released their list of the most frequently challenged books in 2014. Disappointingly, that list included three highly acclaimed graphic novels, so CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein took a moment to discuss this troubling development with The Washington Post‘s Michael Cavna. The American Library Association’s 2015 State of America’s Libraries Report lists…

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Celebrate Comics Past, Present, and Future at Kickstarter HQ on April 22

April 13, 2015
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Celebrate Comics Past, Present, and Future at Kickstarter HQ on April 22

It’s Comics Month on Kickstarter, and CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein is celebrating at Kickstarter HQ by moderating “Talking Shop: Comics in the Past, Present, and Future,” a panel featuring special guests Karen Green (producer of She Makes Comics and graphic novel librarian at Columbia University), Locust Moon Press (publishers of Little Nemo: Dream Another…

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Three Graphic Novels Among ALA’s Ten Most Challenged Books of 2014

April 13, 2015
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Three Graphic Novels Among ALA’s Ten Most Challenged Books of 2014

Graphic novels made a big splash in 2014, including first ever Caldecott and Newbery honors. But they also made their way into one of the places we hate to see them most: ALA’s 2014 Top Ten List of Frequently Challenged Books. This week is National Library Week, and along with the celebration of libraries, we also…

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Using Graphic Novels In Education: Ms. Marvel

April 10, 2015
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Using Graphic Novels In Education: Ms. Marvel

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 Takes the Fight for Free Speech to MoCCA Arts Festival This Weekend!

April 9, 2015
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CBLDF Takes the Fight for Free Speech to MoCCA Arts Festival This Weekend!

This weekend, CBLDF keeps the fight for free speech in its NYC stomping grounds during MoCCA Fest 2015! CBLDF will be hosting signings at booth 200 with MoCCA guest of honor Scott McCloud, who will be on hand with his latest masterpiece The Sculptor, and Bow-Wow series creators Mark Newgarden and Megan Cash! Presented by…

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Retailers: TODAY is FOC for CBLDF’s Vital Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love To Read!

April 6, 2015
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Retailers: TODAY is FOC for CBLDF’s Vital Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love To Read!

With Free Comic Book Day coming up, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is offering a proven resource to help you reach out to your community and create new repeat customers! Stock up now on bundles of Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love To Read! (FEB151225) — CBLDF’s handbook…

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Minnesota Proposes Classroom Censorship Bills

April 6, 2015
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Minnesota Proposes Classroom Censorship Bills

Three similar bills recently introduced in the Minnesota legislature would require school districts to notify parents or guardians every time a fellow parent, guardian, or an adult student deems instructional material such as books or movies to be “sexually explicit or obscene and therefore harmful to minors.” Although the bills do not require discontinuing use…

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Author Responds to Connecticut Ban of The Perks of Being a Wallflower

April 3, 2015
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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

A Connecticut Superintendent is standing behind his ban of Stephen Chobsky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower despite a review committee’s recommendation otherwise and opposition from the community and free speech advocates, including CBLDF. Chbosky himself has now responded to the ban. Jean Pierre Bolat, parent and now a Board of Education member (making him…

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