June 23, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

“Thirteen Reasons Why” Tops Most Challenged List

The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom tracked 354 challenges to library, school and university materials and services in 2017, and Monday released its annual list of Top 10 Most Challenged Books.

Price Break on “Mockingbird” for Schools

The budgets of school librarians and teachers get a reprieve with the news of an educators-only discount on an English-curriculum mainstay.

Sunday Reflections: Making it Unaffordable to Walk in Someone Else’s Shoes, what the death of the mass market paperback means to struggling teens

Last summer, before The Teen could enter into the middle school AP reading class, she had to read and annotate the book Wonder by R. J. Palacio. If she didn’t show up on day one of the school year with the project in her hand she was automatically kicked out of class. There were no […]

Sunday Reflections:

We lost Harper Lee last week, and for anyone who read the book, it really does feel like we is the correct pronoun. It feels personal. It feels like a part of her belonged to us. To Kill a Mockingbird was a story that moved us, that motivated us to pay attention to social injustice, to the […]

Librarians Prepare for Students’ Response to “Go Set a Watchman”

School librarians from Alabama to New York City are assessing the role they can play in fostering discussions around Harper Lee’s controversial text.

Library Police: Who Determines What Is “Appropriate”? | Scales on Censorship

Pat Scales responds to a kindergarten educator who questions the age-appropriateness of This One Summer as a Caldecott Honor Book and an English teacher who grapples with what to do about her student teacher from a Christian university who has asked to opt out of working with To Kill a Mockingbird.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ to Go Ebook

Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, allows her Pulitzer Prize winning classic to go ebook; the ebook will be released July 8.