The groups emphasize that the mere presence of explicit language and violence in a book provides no justification for its removal.
The award will be presented at the 2017 American Library Association Annual Conference during its Opening General Session on Friday, June 24, in Chicago.
By choosing to remove the book, a precedent is set for the success of future book challenges that place objectionable content over pedagogical merit.
The groups underline that the First Amendment protects a student’s right to receive and possess literature, as long as the books in question do not cause disruption to the educational process.
NCAC is in the process of writing to the elementary school underlining that students have a First Amendment right to receive and possess literature, provided the books in question do not cause disruption to school activities.