Posts Tagged ‘ i am jazz ’

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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NCAC Praises CA School for Upholding Right to Read

September 22, 2017
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NCAC Praises CA School for Upholding Right to Read

Last week, CBLDF joined the National Coalition Against Censorship in asking a California school to uphold their policies for classroom reading. Earlier this week, the school board for Rocklin Academy Gateway voted to keep their literature policy unchanged. In June, some parents in the community challenged the reading of a LGBTQIA children’s book in a kindergarten…

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California School District Reaffirms Support for Teacher Who Read Transgender Books

September 20, 2017
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California School District Reaffirms Support for Teacher Who Read Transgender Books

In front of a standing-room-only crowd of about 500 people, a public charter school system in Rocklin, California reaffirmed this week that a kindergarten teacher’s in-class reading of two transgender-themed picture books was in line with district policy. However, the Rocklin Academy Family of Schools (RAFOS) also promised going forward to “try and notify parents…

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Banned Books Offer Twice the Educational Opportunity

January 20, 2017
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Banned Books Offer Twice the Educational Opportunity

In a recent article, The New York Times contributor Perri Klass notes that introducing banned books into children’s reading time can provide two valuable learning opportunities: the opportunity to discuss the content of the books themselves and a broader discussion about why that content might be perceived as controversial. Klass included some recommended banned reading in…

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NCAC Names 2016 Free Speech Defenders (and Offenders)

November 18, 2016
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NCAC Names 2016 Free Speech Defenders (and Offenders)

This year has proved to be a turbulent in many regards — a sentiment most poignantly felt within the free speech community. From increasing controversy regarding Facebook’s nudity policy to a whole community coming together to defend the children’s picture book I Am Jazz, the National Coalition Against censorship compiled a list of 2016′s top 16 free speech defenders…

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I Am Jazz Authors Call Readers to Action for Banned Books Week

September 29, 2016
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In celebration of Banned Books Week, co-authors of the much-challenged children’s book I Am Jazz, Jazz Jennings and Jessica Herthel, are calling on people to get out and read—especially the books “that some closed-minded person out there wanted desperately to keep out of your hands.” Both Herthel and Jennings are no strangers to being targeted…

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3,500 People Support Nation-Wide Reading of I Am Jazz

May 2, 2016
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In an attempt to educate and defend against discrimination of transgendered people, this past week educators, parents, and youth advocates held over 50 separate nation-wide public readings of the children’s book I Am Jazz, a book that is no stranger to controversy. The popular children’s book, which is based on 12-year-old Jazz Jennings’ real-life transition from a…

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The Advocate Lists 21 LGBT Picture Books Every Child Should Read

February 5, 2016
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The Advocate Lists 21 LGBT Picture Books Every Child Should Read

From schools and libraries in the United States to the countries of Italy and Singapore, LGBT children’s books are a frequent target of challenges and bans. The Advocate has pulled together a list of LGBT picture books that every child should read, including those that stirred controversy in some communities. Let’s take a look at a few…

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CBLDF Joins Coalition Defending I Am Jazz

December 10, 2015
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CBLDF Joins Coalition Defending I Am Jazz

CBLDF has joined the National Coalition Against Censorship on a letter to the board of education in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, reminding administrators that a conservative group’s threat to sue the school over a reading of the children’s book I Am Jazz “is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of how the First Amendment applies to public…

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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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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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