February 23, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Celebrating Judy Blume—Her Work and Impact—on Her 80th Birthday

Authors Jacqueline Woodson, Rachel Vail, and others spoke about the influence of Blume’s novels during a birthday event at New York’s Symphony Space.

ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom Launches New Policy Toolkit

The toolkit is a valuable resource for all libraries to help create or revise selection and reconsideration policy.

Re: verso

SLJ has posted a picture I’ve been hankering to see: the full double-page-spread containing the infamous up-skirting image in The Ultimate Book of Space. It isn’t a great scan of the spread but it makes clear that the picture making the rounds on Twitter was incomplete: what was a pic of some robotic thing lifting the […]

‘The Hate U Give’ Returns to H.S. Shelves in Katy, TX

The Texas school district returned the book to high school libraries pending review.

A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking

You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning. In the November 2016 Executive Summary, the researchers shared: When thousands of students respond to dozens of tasks there are endless variations. That was certainly the case in our experience. However, at each level—middle […]

Sunday Reflections: Seven Words

Diversity Entitlement Vulnerable Fetus Transgender Evidence-Based Science-Based **** When The Teen was four years old, she became inexplicably sick. I will never forget when on the fifth or sixth day in a row we saw a new doctor and he said to my, “I think I know what she has. I need you to put […]

Sunday Reflections: Seven Words

Diversity Entitlement Vulnerable Fetus Transgender Evidence-Based Science-Based **** When The Teen was four years old, she became inexplicably sick. I will never forget when on the fifth or sixth day in a row we saw a new doctor and he said to my, “I think I know what she has. I need you to put […]

Too Edgy for the Kids’ Section? | Scales on Censorship

One parent doesn’t want her “gifted” child reading picture books; another wants to be notified of each book read aloud in class.

Getting Ready for Banned Books Week? Check Out SLJ’s Updated Pinterest Board

Teacher librarian Kathy Burnette updates SLJ’s Banned Books Week Pinterest board with new, eye-catching, and inspiring ideas to kick off the annual celebration (September 24–30).

New Resources for Banned Books Week

Librarians and educators have a new resource to oppose book banning in their communities.

Offended at Open Mic | Scales on Censorship

A controversial student poetry reading; controlling bookmobile offerings; questioning ‘James and the Giant Peach.’

This article was published in School Library Journal's August 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

FL Schools Brace for Book Challenges

After passage of a new state law allowing citizens to challenge educational materials in their county, Florida school librarians are wondering what the process will mean for them come fall.

When Kids Share Banned Books | Scales on Censorship

Columnist Pat Scales fields questions on sharing banned books, trans picture books, and whether teachers should recommend movies to students.

This article was published in School Library Journal's June 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Age-Appropriate Reading? | Scales on Censorship

Religious-themed books in school libraries; informing patrons of privacy policies.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Free trade agreement

Oh, Susan Hill. The Brits haven’t given me this much material since Lynne Reid Banks complained of lesbian love in a David Almond novel. A bookstore choosing not to stock a book is not censoring it. A bookstore taking a political point of view is not censorship. A bookstore saying to a customer, “no, we don’t […]

Criticism, Boycotts, Free Speech and Censorship – Oh My

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 […]

Parent Objects to Depiction of Islam in Textbook

A middle school parent in Tennessee has asked that ‘My World History’ be removed from the seventh grade curriculum.

Pat Scales, Rainbow Rowell Honored by NCAC

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.

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.