Posts Tagged ‘ challenged for: sex ’

Library Displays Cause Controversy

October 20, 2017
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Library Displays Cause Controversy

Displays at libraries in Texas and Maryland have caused furor in their respective communities. In June, the Temple Public Library in Temple, Texas, spotlighted Pride Month with two displays: a rainbow decorated bulletin board that was displayed throughout the month and a table with informational sheets and books on LGBTQIA themes that was set up…

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A Book Ban Closes Out Banned Books Week

September 29, 2017
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A Book Ban Closes Out Banned Books Week

We kicked off this Banned Books Week with challenges to two classics, and we’ll be wrapping up the week with news of a ban of another book: Lauren Myracle’s l8r, g8r. The book is being challenged by a parent of a 6th grade girl in the Scottsdale Unified School District in Arizona. “The explicit sexual content in…

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VICTORY: Minnesota School Board Stands by Alexie Book

June 14, 2017
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VICTORY: Minnesota School Board Stands by Alexie Book

In a 3-2 vote, the school board for the New London-Spicer school district has affirmed an administrator’s defense of Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. The book is part of the 8th grade curriculum in the district and students were offered an alternative assignment if their parents objected to the book. Nevertheless,…

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Part-Time Indian Survives Wisconsin Challenge

May 2, 2017
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Part-Time Indian Survives Wisconsin Challenge

Sherman Alexie’s bestselling YA novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian has survived a committee review after a challenge at the Sauk Prairie High School in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin. The book is part of the 9th grade curriculum in the school, but a formal complaint was filed during the second semester of the school…

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EXCLUSIVE: Ariel Schrag on Stuck in the Middle Challenge

March 6, 2017
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EXCLUSIVE: Ariel Schrag on Stuck in the Middle Challenge

Today, CBLDF led the Kids’ Right to Read Project in defending Ariel Schrag’s acclaimed anthology Stuck in the Middle, which has been challenged in a school library in Oklahoma. CBLDF has defended the book before, thankfully seeing it restored. We reached out with our colleagues at National Coalition Against Censorship to ask Schrag for her thoughts…

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Illinois High School Discontinues God of Small Things, Cites Lack of Initial Approval

December 5, 2016
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Illinois High School Discontinues God of Small Things, Cites Lack of Initial Approval

A Chicago-area high school has discontinued use of Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things in its English curriculum, saying that the novel had not gone through the initial approval process outlined in district policy and contained “subject matter in some sections that is not age-appropriate for the students who were reading the book.” Some…

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UPDATED: CBLDF Joins Defense of Perks in Dubuque Community Schools

December 2, 2016
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UPDATED: CBLDF Joins Defense of Perks in Dubuque Community Schools

Update 12/2/16: After a public meeting attended by over 100 people last night, Dubuque Community Schools’ review committee unanimously voted to retain The Perks of Being a Wallflower in the curriculum. More than 40 members of the public offered comments, and according to local news station KWWL “the overwhelming majority of those who spoke over…

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Iowa Parent Wants Perks Removed from Advanced High School Class

November 18, 2016
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Iowa Parent Wants Perks Removed from Advanced High School Class

The mother of a high school senior in Dubuque, Iowa has filed a challenge to remove Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower from classrooms in the Dubuque Community School District. Even though the Contemporary Literature teacher at Dubuque Hempstead High School already accommodated Jodi Lockwood’s request for an alternate assignment for her own…

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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 Defense of Freedom to Read in Chesterfield County

August 2, 2016
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CBLDF Joins Defense of Freedom to Read in Chesterfield County

CBLDF yesterday signed on to a letter from the National Coalition Against Censorship to the superintendent and school board in Chesterfield County, Virginia, defending several summer reading books that were challenged for “sexually explicit” content and urging the school district not to adopt warning labels or ratings for books, as some parents have demanded. Although…

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