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The Hate U Give Reportedly Banned in Texas School District

December 1, 2017
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The Hate U Give Reportedly Banned in Texas School District

School officials in Katy, Texas have banned the critically acclaimed YA novel The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas without following district challenge policy, according to a student who posted about the incident on Twitter. Katy Independent School District Superintendent Lance Hindt reportedly ordered the book pulled from shelves in mid-November after some parents complained…

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Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Under Fire in Las Vegas

November 17, 2017
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Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Under Fire in Las Vegas

Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is under fire again, this time at a school in Las Vegas, Nevada. We learned of the challenge via a biased news report. Shateraka Hampton is upset that her 7th grade son is reading the book for an assignment at Democracy Prep at Agassi Campus,…

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To Kill a Mockingbird Pulled From Curriculum

October 13, 2017
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To Kill a Mockingbird Pulled From Curriculum

Harper Lee’s classic To Kill a Mockingbird has been removed from the 8th grade curriculum in Biloxi, Mississippi. Karen Nelson with the Biloxi Sun Herald reported on the ban, learning from a Biloxi school board member that it was “an administrative and department decision.” According to an individual who contacted Sun Herald, the book was removed…

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CBLDF Leads Defense of Manga in Idaho Middle School

April 25, 2017
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CBLDF Leads Defense of Manga in Idaho Middle School

CBLDF this week took the lead in defending the manga volume Sword Art Online 1: Aincrad after it was challenged at a middle school in Jerome, Idaho. Following receipt of a letter from CBLDF and other members of the NCAC’s Kids’ Right to Read Project, a review committee yesterday unanimously voted to recommend that the…

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CBLDF Joins Defense of The Glass Castle

February 24, 2017
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CBLDF Joins Defense of The Glass Castle

CBLDF has joined the Kids’ Right to Read Project in defending Jeannette Walls’ memoir, The Glass Castle, from a challenge in Marshfield, Wisconsin. CBLDF is a sponsor of KRRP. CBLDF joins coalition efforts to protect the freedom to read comics. Censorship manifests in many ways, and the unique visual nature of comics makes them more prone…

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Florida Parents Blame Books for “What’s Wrong with Children Today”

August 18, 2016
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TTYL

Two parents in Nassau County, Florida, are not only calling for the ban of two popular teen books, Lauren Myracle’s TTYL and TTFN, from school libraries, but are also blaming the titles for “what’s wrong with children today.” According to Fox affiliate Action News Jax, Brook Todd and Billie Thrift, two parents who have children enrolled in…

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CBLDF Joins Coalition in Defending The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

December 18, 2015
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Huck Finn

CBLDF has joined the National Coalition Against Censorship in defending Mark Twain’s seminal classic The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn at Friends’ Central School in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, after administrators pulled the book from the 11th grade curriculum after a group of students complained that it made them uncomfortable. CBLDF joins coalition efforts like these to protect…

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Custom-Redacted School Texts Make a Worrying Trend

November 24, 2015
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Custom-Redacted School Texts Make a Worrying Trend

In the past few months we’ve noticed an uptick in a different kind of censorship from what we usually see. Namely, a few schools across the country have assigned their students to read texts that were first edited by hand: words blacked out with marker and modified from what the author wrote. Unlike the more…

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A Summer of Attacks on the Freedom to Read

September 7, 2015
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A Summer of Attacks on the Freedom to Read

Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer for many people. Vacations are over and school has started once again, but CBLDF didn’t get to take a break this summer. In the last couple of years, we’ve seen a new trend: Censors are as active — if not more so — during the summer months!…

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IRONY ALERT: Downers Grove Council Approves Would-be Censor for Library Board

August 21, 2015
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IRONY ALERT: Downers Grove Council Approves Would-be Censor for Library Board

The village council of Downers Grove, Illinois, an affluent suburb of Chicago, on Tuesday approved the appointment of a would-be book banner to the town library’s board of trustees. Local attorney Arthur Jaros Jr. led a failed 1999 attempt to remove the book Blue Star Rapture from an optional reading list at Downers Grove South…

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