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.
Restricting books with controversial content is on the rise in school libraries, according to SLJ’s 2016 Controversial Books Survey, which explores self-censorship.
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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.
The 17th Annual Minnesota Children’s Book Festival featured a sterling line-up of authors and illustrators.
On Saturday, September 24, 2016, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) will open its doors.
Voting opens on October 10. The winner of PebbleGo Votes will be announced on November 9. Schools do not need to be PebbleGo subscribers to participate.
Children’s book illustrator Stephanie Yue sold her belongings, gave up her apartment, and hit the open road—on a scooter. Here’s her story.
The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is putting some changes on the books. Though specifics are not yet ironed out, not all were well-received.
The study paints a detailed picture of the state of funding and staffing for school libraries across the country in the years following the Great Recession.
The titles represent diverse voices and writing styles, addressing issues such as first love, violence in the home, sexual identity, immigration, interracial dating, social activism, and the effects of war on children.
The film version of Katherine Paterson’s award-winning novel is being released October 7. Her son, the screenwriter, gives us a look at the process of adapting it.
In recognition of International Literacy Day on September 8, Scholastic is sharing tips culled from four countries that can help children everywhere become lifelong readers.
The 50-year-old author and illustrator requested, instead of a funeral service, that people read to a child.
The Lilead Project, established in 2012 to support and build community among U. S. school library supervisors, has received an IMLS grant to continue its Lilead Fellows program and to create the Lilead Leaders initiative for advocacy and activism.