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Athens Bookshop Fights Censorship of LGBTQIA Book

March 14, 2018
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Athens Bookshop Fights Censorship of LGBTQIA Book

Avid Bookshop in Athens, Georgia, ended a book fair early when a school’s administrator demanded they pull Richard Peck’s The Best Man off the sales floor, despite previously having agreed it could be displayed and sold. The book, which centers around a boy getting to be the best man when his uncle marries his male…

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Mom Says The Glass Castle is Too Far for Freshmen

January 25, 2018
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Mom Says The Glass Castle is Too Far for Freshmen

Mary Jo Little thinks that The Glass Castle is inappropriate reading for ninth graders at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina.“There’s rape. There’s assault. There’s drunk driving. It’s just not appropriate in this age group,” Little told Channel 9. The Glass Castle is a popular curriculum choice, but also a frequently contested one. Its bleak descriptions…

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Young Readers on the Benefits of Challenged Books

November 9, 2016
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(c) Wayne Times

Although book challenges often come from parents and adults who claim to be looking out for the well-being of children in their communities, a recent project by the National Coalition Against Censorship’s Joan Bertin and the National Council of Teachers of English’s Millie Davis collected messages from young readers about how challenged books opened their eyes…

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Bone Celebrates 25th Anniversary

August 10, 2016
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Jeff Smith’s acclaimed, and sometimes controversial, comic series Bone celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. With the upcoming release of Bone: Coda, Playboy talks about the history of the series and Smith’s take on how the comic and graphic novel industry in general has evolved since Bone originally launched in 1991. Unlike today, when Bone first came out,…

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Two Graphic Novels on Toronto Public Library’s Annual Challenged Books Report

July 1, 2016
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(c) Wayne Times

Toronto Public Library recently released their yearly Reconsideration of Materials Summary, recapping the books and movies challenged in one of Canada’s largest library systems, and two graphic novels were among the books challenged. Similar to the American Library Association’s yearly Top Ten List of Frequently Challenged Books, the Materials Review Committee of the Toronto Public…

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VA Parent Leads Summer Reading Censorship Campaign

June 23, 2016
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(c) Wayne Times

The school year may be winding down for students across the United States, but upset parents in Chesterfield County, Virginia, have been hard at work the past few months in a successful campaign to have titles they call “pornographic,” “vile,” and “trash” removed from the county’s Public School summer reading list. As the Chesterfield Observer…

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Author Urges Students to Challenge Book Bans

June 16, 2016
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(c) Wayne Times

In a recent editorial piece on The Huffington Post, author and high school teacher Peter Brown Hoffmeister discusses the hot topic of banning books and explores the dangerous implications and imminent pitfalls of censoring the materials teenagers have access to in schools. Whether it be award-winning books like The Perks of Being a Wallflower, acclaimed…

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The Guardian Recommends the Perfect Starter GNs for YA Readers!

May 2, 2016
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The Guardian Recommends the Perfect Starter GNs for YA Readers!

Interested in finding the best starter graphic novels for teen readers? The Guardian has compiled a list — including several award-winning titles that have been challenged or banned — on their Children’ Books Discussions blog to help everyone from reluctant readers to curious bookworms find the perfect graphic novel adventure to jump into! Let’s take a look at…

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NCAC Celebrates 2015 Free Speech Heroes

November 11, 2015
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2015 was a busy year for free speech. To celebrate, our frequent partner in protecting free expression, the National Coalition Against Censorship (CBLDF is a sponsor of NCAC’s Kids’ Right to Read Project), looks back on 15 heroes who faced down censorship around the world. Let’s take a closer look at some of the censorship…

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NC School Board Changes Policy to Keep Challenged Books in Classrooms

September 8, 2015
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Earlier this summer, a unanimous vote successfully kept Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner in Buncombe County, North Carolina, classrooms and initiated a necessary discussion about whether existing school policy about how to handle challenged books should be changed. In a board meeting last Thursday, that conversation concluded, and it was decided that teachers could continue…

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