SLJ Earns 2023 FOLIO Awards for Censorship Coverage and Cover Design

For the second year in a row, SLJ's censorship reporting has won an Eddie Award for best overall series of articles, and the magazine was honored with an Ozzie for cover design.

montage of SLJ award-winning content


For the second year in a row, SLJ was honored with two FOLIO Awards.

SLJ's censorship coverage won a 2023 Eddie Award—for editorial achievement in print and digital media—for best overall series of articles in an B2B-education publication. The magazine's March 2023 "Zines!" cover earned an Ozzie Award, honoring design excellence, for cover design among B2B publications in the under-25,000 circulation category.

The series of stories receiving the 2023 Eddie Award were: "Access Denied: Florida Teachers Discuss Classroom Life Without Books on Shelves" by Colleen Connolly; "Uniting Against Censorship: A First-Person Account from Banned Books Week Youth Honorary Chair" by Cameron Samuels; "Are Book Bans a Civil Rights Violation?" by Kelley R. Taylor; and  "The Fight for the Freedom to Read Needs a Grassroots Revolution," "As Bills in Multiple States Threaten Librarians with Criminalization, Advocates Fight Back," "Grassroots Organizers Show How to Mount Censorship Counterattacks," "Censorship Attempts Will Have a Long-lasting Impact on School Library Collections," "School Librarian of the Year Amanda Jones Fights Back Against Online Attacks," "Utah Attorney General Provides Framework to Fight Book Bans," "Censorship's Growing Reach: Groups Target Professional Library Conferences," all written by SLJ's senior news editor Kara Yorio.

Coverage was edited and produced by Yorio, SLJ senior features editor Sarah Bayliss, and SLJ staff.

SLJ March 2023 coverThe Ozzie-winning "Zines!"cover illustration was by Mark Todd, with art direction by Mark Tuchman, SLJ creative director.

In 2022, SLJ was also honored with an Eddie for a series of stories on censorship and an Ozzie for cover design.

The award-winning feature articles, all from the February 2022 issue, that earned the 2022 Eddie were: Fighting for the Right to Read: Librarians lead the battle for Intellectual Freedom; Battle Tested: A School Librarian Shares Her Story by Martha Hickson; On the Frontline: Stories from the SLJ tipline by Connolly; and Anatomy of a Challenge: An examination of a Leander, TX, book ban, which preceded a pattern of challenges nationwide, by Connolly.

The "Striking Back" cover, from that same February issue, won the 2022 Ozzie with an illustration by Doug Chayka and art direction by Tuchman. 

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