Tag: school censorship

Missouri: Part 2 — SB 775

(This article is the second part of our look at Senate Bill 775 in Missouri. You can find the first part here.) Missouri Senate Bill 775 went into effect on August 28, 2022. It is a lengthy bill coming in…

Missouri: Part 1 — Banning Comics in St. Louis

This week, at a local school board meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, a group of fifteen parents and students spoke in opposition to the recent removal of multiple titles in their school district. The speakers were alarmed that the school…

Flamer Sparks Police Investigation in Texas

Police temporarily removed the graphic novel Flamer by Mike Curato from a Katy ISD high school before the start of school this year. A criminal complaint alleging the district was providing material harmful to minors is what prompted the removal.  The initial…

Keller ISD Removes Graphic Novels for the Second Time

There are fewer books on the shelves this year in the Keller International School District. Keller ISD, in Texas, removed forty-one books before the start of school this year. Last Tuesday, the day before classes started, principals in the district…

PEN Report Reveals All Graphic Novels Banned in the Last Nine Months

April ushered in two important reports on censorship in the past year. The American Library Association released its report on the “Top 10 Challenged Books,” and PEN America released its report “Banned in the USA: Rising School Book Bans Threaten…

House Committee on Oversight to Hold Hearing on Book Bans

Book challenges and bans have been sweeping the nation at an alarming rate over the past two years. With the release of the American Library Association’s State of America’s Libraries Report yesterday, we now have an equally alarming set of data about…

Bill Watch — Update on HB 666

A dutch angle of the columns in front of a court house

New information came to light recently regarding Idaho’s House Bill 666, supporting the fact that two graphic novels, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel and Gender Queer: A Memoir by Maia Kobabe, were targeted by the legislation. HB…

Jeff Trexler and the Freedom To Read on the More To Come Podcast

CBLDF interim director Jeff Trexler appears in the latest episode of Publishers Weekly comic podcast, More To Come. In episode 506: “The CBLDF and the Right to Read,” host Calvin Reid sat down with Trexler to discuss the rise in book bannings and…

CBLDF and NCAC Present — How to Fight Book Bans: Student Strategies

Join us on February 28, 2022 at 8:00 pm ET for an interactive strategy session to discuss the current attacks on books in schools and learn how you can defend the right to read in your community and beyond. Meet authors, free expression…