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2 Oregon School Districts Leave Reading Competition Over Trans Character

May 2, 2018
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2 Oregon School Districts Leave Reading Competition Over Trans Character

Two Oregon School districts have determined that they will not allow 3rd – 5th graders to participate in Oregon’s Battle of the Books this year, due to the inclusion of Alex Gino’s frequently contested book about a trans child, George. Oregon’s Battle of the Books is an entirely elective program designed to encourage children’s literacy,…

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Drama Named Among Top 10 Most Banned Books of 2017

April 10, 2018
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Drama Named Among Top 10 Most Banned Books of 2017

For the third time, Raina Telgemeier’s YA classic Drama has been named to the American Library Association’s Most Banned Books list. This week, ALA released their top ten list of most frequently challenged books in 2017. Once again, the list is disproportionately filled with illustrated works. As a partner in the Kids’ Right to Read Project, CBLDF…

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One Million Moms Mad at George

January 11, 2018
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One Million Moms Mad at George

One Million Moms, an offshoot of the hate group American Family Association, has decided to take a break from yelling at the TV and turn their collective ire towards that devilish bastion of children’s literacy, Scholastic Inc. They posted a call to action, encouraging their followers to contact Scholastic and ask them to “discontinue publishing…

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Author Donates Copies of Book After Wichita District Declines to Shelve It

October 6, 2017
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Author Donates Copies of Book After Wichita District Declines to Shelve It

The Wichita, Kansas, school system has decided against including an award-winning book about a transgender 4th grader in all district libraries. The Wichita school district decided not to buy copies of Alex Gino’s George for district libraries, citing “language and references that are not appropriate for young children” as the reason to do so. The…

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Round Rock Schools Issue Statement on Author Disinvitation

June 14, 2016
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Round Rock Schools Issue Statement on Author Disinvitation

The school district in Round Rock, Texas has issued an evasive response to author Phil Bildner’s allegation that his disinvitation from eight schools he had been slated to visit there this fall was due to his previous recommendation that students read the novel George by Alex Gino, which features a transgender protagonist. In a statement…

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Texas School District Cancels Author’s Visit After Transgender Book Recommendation

June 8, 2016
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Texas School District Cancels Author’s Visit After Transgender Book Recommendation

The Round Rock Independent School District in Texas has uninvited author Phil Bildner from all eight schools he was scheduled to visit there this fall, apparently because he recommended a book featuring a transgender protagonist when he visited the district last year. Bildner is well-known by teachers and librarians around the country for his dynamic…

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