November 21, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

After Cancelling 2016 National Institute, ALSC Regroups To Serve Members

ALSC president Andrew Medlar details reasons for cancelling the 2016 Institute in North Carolina, the costs incurred, and how ALSC will make sure the educational experience isn’t lost.

Authors Pen Letter of Support to NC Youth

A North Carolina law seen as LGBT discrimination has prompted roughly 270 members of the kid lit community to show their support for all young readers.

North Carolina School Board Retains ‘The Color Purple’

North Carolina’s Brunswick County School District has voted to retain Alice Walker’s award-winning epistolary novel The Color Purple in its school libraries and classrooms, following a series of unofficial challenges to the book that began in October.

North Carolina Community Rallies in Support of Challenged Allende Book

Residents of North Carolina’s Watauga County have rallied in recent weeks in support of Isabel Allende’s acclaimed novel The House of the Spirits, which is being challenged by a local group. In an effort to keep the issue in the public eye ahead of book’s next review, advocates hosted a teach-in about the book last week at Appalachian State University.

Parents, School Districts Push Back On Book Challenges

Local communities and school districts have rallied this fall against recent objections to Alice Walker’s The Color Purple and Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian—garnering support for them to remain, at least temporarily, on school reading lists.

Isabel Allende Defends ‘House of the Spirits’ to North Carolina School Board

Isabel Allende’s acclaimed novel The House of the Spirits, which faces review by North Carolina’s Watauga County Board of Education due to a parental complaint, now has another high-profile advocate: the author herself. Read the full text of her impassioned letter, which she sent to school board members along with her book.

Parent Vows Board of Ed Appeal after NC High School Retains ‘House of the Spirits’

The parent who objected to the use of Isabel Allende’s novel The House of the Spirits in North Carolina’s Watauga High School vows she will appeal the decision of a school advisory committee, who voted unanimously last week to retain the book. Notably, however, the parent also says that the book should not be banned, only that it should not be required reading for students at the high school.

Advocacy Group Urges NC School Board to Retain Allende’s ‘House of the Spirits’

The People for the American Way Foundation (PFAW), a progressive advocacy and freedom of speech organization, have sent a letter to the Watauga County (NC) Board of Education urging it to retain the use of Isabel Allende’s novel The House of the Spirits in the school’s English curriculum. The award-winning novel has been challenged by a parent, who is asking the board to consider its removal from the district.

Allende’s ‘House of the Spirits’ Challenged in NC High School

A parent at Watauga High School in Boone, North Carolina, has challenged the use of Isabel Allende’s novel The House of the Spirits (Knopf, 1982) in the school’s English curriculum and is asking the Board of Education to consider its removal from the district, local newspaper the Watauga Democrat has reported.

NC School Board Reverses Ban on Ellison’s ‘Invisible Man’

The Randolph County (NC) Board of Education has voted to restore Ralph Ellison’s classic novel Invisible Man to school library shelves by a vote of 6 to 1, reversing its earlier ban of the book. Last week’s ban received international attention from literary advocates.

NC School Board to Reconsider Ban on Ellison’s ‘Invisible Man’

The Randolph County (NC) Board of Education is reconsidering its recent ban of Ralph Ellison’s classic novel Invisible Man in its school libraries, the local Courier-Tribune reports. The board voted 5-2 last week to remove the book from shelves, but it has agreed to hold a special meeting on Wednesday to reconsider the book’s status.

Atwood’s ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Retained in Guilford County (NC) High Schools

Margaret Atwood’s award-winning dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale (McClelland and Stewart, 1985) will remain accessible to 12th graders in Guilford, NC, high school libraries, following a local school board vote this week to retain the book on its suggested reading list.

Ellison’s ‘Invisible Man’ Banned in Randolph County (NC) High Schools

High school students in Randolph County Schools in North Carolina may no longer access Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man (Random House, 1952) in their school libraries following a vote on Monday by the board of education to remove it from shelves.