What do Abrams Books, Carve the Mark, The Continent, When We Was Fierce and more have in common? This year they were all challenged for having offensive and harmful representation of marginal people. Things exploded this weekend for Abrams Books. It’s being discussed all over Twitter and in the news, so I’m not going to […]
A middle school parent in Tennessee has asked that ‘My World History’ be removed from the seventh grade curriculum.
The National Coalition Against Censorship honored SLJ’s “Scales on Censorship” columnist Pat Scales and “Eleanor and Park” author Rainbow Rowell at its annual gala on Tuesday, November 1.
Download SLJ’s 2016 Controversial Books Survey report, exploring self-censorship among school librarians.
While you all know what I think of the term “self-censorship” (which does not mean censorship by oneself so much as of oneself, and you are not your library), SLJ’s survey of censorship by school librarians is eye-opening. Siân and I will be talking about it on the podcast we’re recording today (and publishing next Monday) […]
SLJ’s 2016 Controversial Books Survey, addressing self-censorship, asked school librarians: “When making purchasing decisions, do find yourself weighing the effect of controversial subject matter more often now than you did one or two years ago?” Here’s what respondents who answered “yes” had to say.
In SLJ’s 2016 Controversial Books Survey, we asked school librarians to tell us about a book challenge they had personally experienced or to communicate other information about this topic.
Here’s what they said.
Download this visual representation of key findings in SLJ’s 2016 Controversial Books Survey of school librarians, exploring self-censorship.
SLJ’s 2016 Controversial Books survey asked school librarians how they determined if a book is age-appropriate. Here’s what they said.
School librarians mentioned these terms the most in their their answers to two questions in SLJ’s 2016 survey, which explores self-censorship.
Restricting books with controversial content is on the rise in school libraries, according to SLJ’s 2016 Controversial Books Survey, which explores self-censorship.
This article was published in School Library Journal's October 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
Jamie LaRue, director of ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, responds to SLJ‘s survey and points to resources that help librarians create policies and field challenges.
Our survey confirms impressions the NCAC and NCTE have gained from intervening in book censorship controversies around the county.
For educators looking for a multimedia approach to teaching about censorship as Banned Books Week nears, Westport Independent may be just the platform.
A parent objects when a first grader shares “Captain Underpants”; contending with parents who say their children are gifted.
This article was published in School Library Journal's August 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
You may or may not have heard of the controversy surrounding Kate Messner’s book The Seventh Wish. If you haven’t, you can catch up with it on Kate’s blog. You should probably start with this post and work your way back. For those of you on a schedule, however, essentially Kate was uninvited (with less than […]
The award-winning graphic novel This One Summer has come under fire again, this time in Henning, MN.
The controversial teen novel by John Green came under heavy fire in one high school—but in a victory for “freedom to read,” the merits of its use prevailed.