Tag: school library

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…

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…

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…

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…

Amityville Graphic Novel Challenged in North Carolina School

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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.…