The notion that the mere presence of inappropriate language and allegedly suggestive images is justification for a book’s removal sets a harmful precedent that, for example, a classic work of literature that contains adult language, or an art history textbook that includes a nude, should also be kept away from teens.
Our colleagues at the American Library Association (ALA) this week released their annual list of the ten most challenged books for the year of 2016. What’s NCAC’s relationship with the book’s on the list.
The letter argues that choosing to remove a book citing “community standards” sets a dangerous precedent for future book challenges.
The Arizona school district removed Khaled Hosseini’s novel after 5 years on the English curriculum, raising questions about the motivations behind the decision.
The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) and 6 other organizations committed to defending the right to read are urging a North Carolina school district to reinstate a children’s book in a 1st grade anti-bullying lesson plan after it was removed following pressure from local Republican lawmakers concerned about its gender-nonconforming themes.