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Snow White Book Banned in Qatar for “Indecent” Illustrations

January 22, 2016
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Snow White Book Banned in Qatar for “Indecent” Illustrations

Qatar’s Supreme Education Council recently ordered a private school to remove a picture-book adaptation of Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs from its library collection due to illustrations that one parent said were “inappropriate” and “indecent.” The principal at SEK International School, which is headquartered in Spain, apologized and said the book was immediately…

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Censorship Battles Take a Toll on Educators

January 14, 2016
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Censorship Battles Take a Toll on Educators

Virtually every public school district across the country has a policy on how challenges to materials should be handled. One of the many benefits of observing these policies is that they help to shield the districts’ own employees — teachers and librarians — from personal attacks hashed out in public. All too often, book challenge…

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Florida Bills Could Hold Education Hostage to Ideology

January 5, 2016
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Florida Bills Could Hold Education Hostage to Ideology

Some of the same parents who last summer waged a futile campaign against four books found in Collier County, Florida, school libraries are behind two new bills in the state legislature that would make it easier to challenge instructional materials that allegedly fail to provide a balanced viewpoint on hot-button issues such as evolution, climate…

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CBLDF Signs on to Defend The Family Book in Etiwanda, CA

December 14, 2015
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CBLDF Signs on to Defend The Family Book in Etiwanda, CA

CBLDF has joined the Kids’ Right to Read Project and other freedom to read advocates to defend Todd Parr’s The Family Book in the Etiwanda, California school district. The parents of one formerly enrolled student want the book banned from transitional kindergarten classrooms due to its inclusion of families with same-sex parents. The Family Book…

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Amityville Graphic Novel Challenged in North Carolina School

November 19, 2015
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Amityville

A parent in Knightdale, North Carolina is calling for the removal of Amityville: Jr. Graphic Ghost Stories from all Wake County schools after her first grade son checked the book out of the Lake Myra Elementary School library earlier this week. Parent Kay Walker feels that the graphic novel, which retells the infamous story of the…

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TX Librarian Takes Student Advice When Building School Library

September 25, 2015
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Skybound

Librarians face a unique set of challenges that often puts them in the perceived role of being responsible for the materials that their patrons consume, even more so when those patrons are children and the library is at a school. Teacher Kendra Fortmeyer faced this obstacle when she was asked to develop a new library,…

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YA Author Urges Parents to Develop Understanding of Manga

September 24, 2015
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YA Author Urges Parents to Develop Understanding of Manga

In anticipation of the young-adult-themed Banned Books Week starting this Sunday, YA author Amy McNulty recently shone the spotlight on some of her favorite manga series for teens that have faced challenges in the United States. In a guest post on poet and fellow author E. Kristin Anderson’s blog, McNulty pleaded for adults to understand…

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Illinois Officials Burned by 1950s Library Purge

September 2, 2015
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Illinois Officials Burned by 1950s Library Purge

In the modern popular imagination, the 1950s represent the height of repression, conformity, paranoia, and of course censorship. To be sure, the era did see the brief rise of Sen. Joseph McCarthy, the continued effects of the Hollywood blacklist (instituted in 1947), and the founding of the Comics Code Authority in order to stave off…

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Emails Show Confused Response to Palomar Challenge in Rio Rancho

July 16, 2015
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Emails Show Confused Response to Palomar Challenge in Rio Rancho

Although we got word last week that Palomar by Gilbert Hernandez would be returning to high school library shelves in Rio Rancho, New Mexico after a parent’s challenge was resolved, a new report from Albuquerque radio station KUNM indicates that things may not be so straightforward. School district emails obtained via FOIA request show that…

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Palomar Back in Rio Rancho Schools–But Restricted

July 9, 2015
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Palomar Back in Rio Rancho Schools–But Restricted

When classes resume next month at New Mexico’s Rio Rancho High School, the acclaimed graphic novel Palomar by Gilbert Hernandez will be back on shelves in the library–but students under 18 will need a parent’s signature to check it out. This story first broke back in February with a heavily biased news report from Albuquerque-area…

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