Databases, Booksellers, and ‘Gender Queer’ | Most Viewed Stories on SLJ

Censorship remains the focus of SLJ readers, as ALA's Most Challenged Books and restricted access to library databases lead our most popular content, alongside Refreshing the Canon recommendations in partnership with NCTE.


Censorship remains the focus of SLJ’s readers.

Our most popular posts of the last seven days:

‘Gender Queer’ Tops List of 13 Most Challenged Books of 2022
By Kara Yorio
The American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom released its annual list of most challenged titles Monday. For 2022, the Top 10 has expanded to 13 and Maia Kobabe's graphic novel memoir takes the top spot for the second year in a row.

As Censors Target Online Resources, Student Searches Come Up Empty
By Andrew Bauld

Attempts to restrict access to digital materials have been led largely by conservative parent groups and political activists who claim they are protecting students from “obscene” materials.

Refreshing the Canon Booklist
By NCTE & SLJ Reviews
SLJ editors and members of NCTE’s Standing Committee Against Censorship used the top 19 books that survey respondents suggested removing as jumping off points for the Refreshing the Canon project. (May 2022)

The Bookseller and the Librarian Should Be Friends | From the Editor
By Kathy Ishizuka

"Can we actually come ­together within our communities of people who love books to find candidates to run [for school boards] with a different ­philosophy about access to books for all kids?,” says Brein Lopez, manager, Children's Book World.

What Makes a Good Picture Book Great? The Difference Is in the Details.
By Mel Schuit

Artfully designed casewraps, endpapers, flaps, and even copyright pages bring young readers deep into a picture book's world and spark engagement.

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