November 17, 2017

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Defending Frequently Challenged Young Adult Books: A Handbook for Librarians and Educators by Pat R. Scales | SLJ Review

SCALES, Pat R. Defending Frequently Challenged Young Adult Books: A Handbook for Librarians and Educators. 244p. appendix. Rowman & Littlefield. Sept. 2016. Tr $38.99. ISBN 9781442264328.

As the title implies, this volume serves as a resource for public and school librarians who face complaints or objections to books housed within their young adult collections. There are 54 separate examples listed alphabetically by title (including Go Ask Alice, Sherman Alexie’s The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Judy Blume’s […]

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.

D.I.Y. Censorship: An Infographic

Download this visual representation of key findings in SLJ’s 2016 Controversial Books Survey of school librarians, exploring self-censorship.

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.

Unnatural Selection: More Librarians Are Self-Censoring

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.

Comparing Librarians’ and Teachers’ Self-Censoring Patterns

Our survey confirms impressions the NCAC and NCTE have gained from intervening in book censorship controversies around the county.

Courting Controversy? | Scales on Censorship

Assigning a recently challenged book; teachers’ political views; classroom book selection policies.

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

Experts Focus on Censorship at Bank Street Conference

At “Who Are You To Say?”, an event held in New York City on April 16, authors and kid lit experts weighed in on where to draw the line between being aware and censoring.

Open Door Policy for All Students | Scales on Censorship

The importance of providing student access to the library.

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Study to Explore Link Between Book Challenges and Diverse Books

Is there a correlation between the Common Core recommended reading lists and challenges to diverse books? Emily Knox, assistant professor at the University of Illinois, is planning a related study.

Banned Books Week: Celebrate the Right to Read

Since 1982, Banned Books Week has been an annual opportunity during the last week of September for librarians and other freedom fighters around the country to celebrate banned and challenged books, shine a spotlight on censorship, and honor those heroes working for open access to materials and the right to read for all. This year’s campaign is proceeding in some unique and wonderful ways. How are you marking the occasion?

SLJ’s Banned Books and Censorship Roundup | Resources

Fighting censorship and limited access to materials is an integral part of a librarian’s mission and job description. Launched in 1982, Banned Books Week is the national book community’s annual celebration of the freedom to read. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since then. The following is a selection of SLJ’s news coverage of challenged books, interviews with oft-banned authors, and tools for showcasing censored titles during Banned Books Week, and all year.

Polacco’s ‘In Our Mothers’ House’ Restored to Utah School Library Shelves

Patricia Polacco’s In Our Mothers’ House, an acclaimed picture book about a family with two mothers, is finally back on K–6 school library shelves in Utah’s Davis School District, more than eight months after a committee pulled the book and restricted its access.