Posts Tagged ‘ book ban ’

Virginia House Bill Could Legitimize A Way to Ban Sexually Explicit Content in Schools

February 10, 2016
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Beloved Toni Morrison

A controversial bill is going before the Virginia legislature that would allow parents to take a more active role in regulating their children’s education and give them the option to opt their children out of specific assignments that they might deem inappropriate. While parents should have the right to determine what their children read, the bill…

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Time is Running Out to Report 2015 Book Challenges or Bans!

January 26, 2016
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Time is Running Out to Report 2015 Book Challenges or Bans!

Librarians and educators, have you dealt with any book challenges or bans in your workplace this year? Now’s the time to help the American Library Association and the Office for Intellectual Freedom collect this vital information to compile their annual list of most frequently challenged books. Every year more and more books have become the…

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WI Community Takes Matters Into Their Own Hands After School District Cancels Reading Over Legal Threat

December 3, 2015
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Jazz

In response to Mount Horeb School District’s recent decision to cancel a reading of the children’s book I Am Jazz in response to a lawsuit threat from the Christian nonprofit Liberty Counsel, the Wisconsin town is taking matters into their own hands to show support for those who identify as transgender within their community. I…

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WI School District Cancels Book Reading After Lawsuit Threat

November 25, 2015
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WI School District Cancels Book Reading After Lawsuit Threat

Mount Horeb Area School District in Wisconsin canceled a reading of the children’s book I Am Jazz after the Liberty Counsel, a conservative Christian nonprofit, threatened the district with a lawsuit. Dylan Brogan reported on the removal of I Am Jazz, which is based on the childhood of Jazz Jennings who was born a boy…

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Parents Demand Book Ban in Minnesota

November 23, 2015
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Parents Demand Book Ban in Minnesota

Parents of a sixth grader in Rosemount, Minnesota, are demanding the removal of Just One Day by Gayle Forman from all district libraries, citing “a graphic sex scene, underage drinking [and] date rape” as reasons for the removal. Erin Adler with the Minneapolis-based Star Tribune obtained Ben and Kandi Lovin’s written challenge to the book,…

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Michigan Elementary School Bans Captain Underpants over Gay Character

October 30, 2015
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Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot

A Michigan school whose motto proudly declares “Preparing Students for the Changing World” has acted otherwise with the ban of the newest Captain Underpants novel from their recent book fair for its allusion to a gay character. The Arborwood Elementary School parent-teacher organization decided to ban Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot…

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Committee Keeps Beloved On FL Summer Reading List After “Porn Content” Challenge

September 15, 2015
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Beloved Toni Morrison

A unanimous committee vote kept Toni Morrison’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel Beloved on a summer reading list in a Satellite High School in Florida despite a parent’s complaint over what he is calling the “porn content” of the novel. Hamilton Boone, a parent of a student at the school, submitted his complaint to the committee…

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Tennessee Parent Confuses “Gynecology with Pornography”

September 11, 2015
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Henrietta Lacks

Upset over the graphic nature of a passage in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, a parent in Knoxville, Tennessee is taking her complaint to the district level and attempting to have the book removed from all local county schools. The New York Times bestselling biography of Henrietta Lacks—an African-American woman whose cervical cancer cells…

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CBLDF Joins Coalition Defending Children’s Books in Florida

July 30, 2015
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librarianbasra

Today, CBLDF joined a Kids’ Right to Read-led coalition to defend two children’s books being challenged in Duval County, Florida, over concerns that the books promote Islam and are critical of the US’s role in the Middle East. CBLDF joins coalition efforts like these to protect the freedom to read comics. Censorship manifests in many…

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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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