October 22, 2016

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SLJ Controversial Book Survey: Data and Findings


Download SLJ’s 2016 Controversial Books Survey report, exploring self-censorship among school librarians.

Banned Books Are Often Diverse Books. Check the Stats.


Twenty-nine books on ALA’s top 10 challenged books lists from 2001–2015 have diverse content.

SLJ Controversial Books Survey Responses: Weighing Subject Matter


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.

SLJ Controversial Books Survey: Comments About Book Challenges


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.

SLJ Controversial Book Survey: Comments About Age-Appropriateness


SLJ’s 2016 Controversial Books survey asked school librarians how they determined if a book is age-appropriate. Here’s what they said.

SLJ Controversial Books Survey: Word Clouds


School librarians mentioned these terms the most in their their answers to two questions in SLJ’s 2016 survey, which explores self-censorship.

Hear No Evil | Listen In


Sharon Grover and Liz Hannegan consider whether listening to challenged books is a different experience than consuming in print

This article was published in School Library Journal's August 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

The Latest Tale of Captain Underpants Kept Out of School Book Fair


The 12th “Captain Underpants” novel will only be available to school kids in Monroe, MI, if they specifically order it. It is not in the school library or at book fairs.

Celebrate the Freedom to Read: Helping Michelle crowd source this great BBW resource

It’s Banned Books Week.  Michelle Luhtala shares a crowd-sourced project that will help us promote censorship awareness as we pool our efforts to create a project with far and lasting reach. Michelle proposes that we work together and contribute to a Challenged Books Slide Show. She explain explains the back story: This project began when […]

Banned Books Week 2015: What Librarians Are Planning


From a costumed read-a-thon to a display with yellow “Caution!” tape, here’s what librarians are planning for Banned Books Week 2015 (September 29 to October 3) and Banned Websites Awareness Day (September 30).

New Zealand Bans YA Title “Into the River”; Imposes Fine for Selling, Sharing Book


Ted Dawe’s award-winning YA novel Into the River, about a Maori boy at a boarding school, is the first book to be banned in New Zealand in 22 years.

Charleston Library Hands Out “Some Girls Are” After School Bans Book

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The Charleston Public Library in South Carolina gave 1,000 copies of Courtney Summers’s Some Girls Are to teens after a high school removed the book from its summer reading list.

ALA Addresses its Challenged Book List After Questioning by FiveThirtyEight


ALA explains the process behind the Frequently Challenged Books list, following a pointed story on the site FiveThirtyEight.

“King & King”—and Teacher Who Read It—Under Fire in North Carolina


While King & King will be allowed in the school, it is not currently in the media center, says Omar Currie, a third-grade teacher in Efland, NC, who read the picture book to his class. Any book a teacher wishes to read to students or use in the classroom that is not in the school’s media center will need to be submitted to parents in advance, starting in the 2015-2016 school year, adds Curie, who says a personal grievance has been filed against him with the district.

Banned Books | Sparking Discussions with Students


Encourage children and teens to read a banned or challenged book isplay of titles by Dav Pilkey, Louise Fitzhugh, Pura Belpré, Rainbow Rowell and other popular authors deemed “inappropriate” at one time or another.

10 Frequently Challenged Graphic Novels | Banned Books Week


To kick off Banned Books Week 2014—celebrating graphic novels—SLJ presents a list of 10 frequently challenged titles in this format.

Keeping Kids’ Library Records Private| Scales on Censorship


SLJ columnist Pat Scales addresses the privacy of kids’ library records; censoring incarcerated teen reading; and the difference between “restricting” and “removing.”

This article was published in School Library Journal's June 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Video Sunday: So hang, boys, hang

Video Sunday: So hang, boys, hang

The exciting news this week was that I got to host a couple panels regarding Banned Books (it being the week of ‘em and all).  The first was at the Brooklyn Book Festival with David Levithan, Francesca Lia Block, and Lauren Myracle.  I then cannibalized my own questions and used them in this, a Google+ […]

Lois Lowry Talks About Her Latest Novel, ‘Son’


Lois Lowry recently gave fans some insight into her latest novel, Son (2012)—it came about because the ending of her Newbery-winning, The Giver (1993, both Houghton), left too many unanswered questions.