Scholastic Protects the Freedom to Read as CBLDF’s Newest Sponsor!

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Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), a non-profit organization protecting the freedom to read comics, is pleased to announce that Scholastic, the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books, has added its support to the organization and its mission!

“I couldn’t be happier about welcoming Scholastic to the Fund,” says CBLDF Board Member Jeff Smith, whose graphic novel series Bone was among the most frequently banned and challenged books of 2013. Smith adds, “Scholastic has always stood by me and my work in the face of bans and challenges, so I’m pleased to see them adding that support to the CBLDF’s important efforts.”

“The Bone series has millions of fans of all ages and Scholastic is very proud to publish Jeff Smith and to support the CBLDF and Jeff Smith’s efforts to make sure that kids everywhere can read Bone,” said David Saylor, Vice President, Creative Director, Scholastic Trade Publishing and Editorial Director, Graphix.

CBLDF provides legal and educational resources that protect the freedom to read comics. The organization is a partner in Banned Books Week, the Kids’ Right to Read Project, Free Comic Book Day, and other national institutions highlighting intellectual freedom and literacy. CBLDF’s work extends from courtrooms to classrooms to conventions, providing letters of support in book challenges, challenging unconstitutional legislation, and delivering lectures and programs about current and historical censorship to audiences all over the world.

Scholastic stands beside Abrams, Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, Boom! Studios, ComiXology, Dark Horse, DC Entertainment,, Diamond Comic Distributors, IDW Publishing, Image Comics, Random House, Valiant, and as a corporate sponsor supporting CBLDF’s important work.

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About Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the First Amendment rights of the comics art form and its community of retailers, creators, publishers, librarians, and readers. The CBLDF provides legal referrals, representation, advice, assistance, and education in furtherance of these goals.