Yesterday, NCAC, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and 6 other free speech and education groups defended Ariel Schrag’s acclaimed anthology Stuck in the Middle, which had been challenged in a school library in Oklahoma. NCAC joined CBLDF to ask Schrag for her thoughts on the challenge.
NCAC highlights that Stuck in the Middle is praised for its realistic, un-sanitized depiction of difficult situations that characterize the harder truths of teenage life.
A graphic novel was challenged in a New Mexico high school. A review committee voted to keep it. So why isn’t the book on the shelves? A local reporter dug into the story.
Khury Petersen-Smith of SocialistWorker.org caught up with Persepolis author Marjane Satrapi to talk about the shady restrictions being placed on the teaching of her book in Chicago. Again, Satrapi showed her insight and savvy and aptly expressed the utter confusion and dismay we are all feeling: What is so horrible in my book that you need guidance? […]
Teachers and students gathered outside Lane Tech College Prep in the freezing rain Friday for a spirited protest. “Honk if you love free speech,” and “Closing Schools. Banning Books. What’s next?” students’ signs read. The protest was organized in response to the revelation that the Chicago Public School Board had evidently mandated that Marjane Satrapi’s […]
Despite recommendations by a library committee that the book be retained, Alan Moore’s Neonomicon was pulled from library shelves in Greenville, South Carolina. The library services director who ultimately made the decision called the book "disgusting" in an interview with The Greenville Times.
School is back in session, and that means censorship attempts are back en force as well. Kids’ Right to Read has tackled several challenges to summer reading selections recently, including on to Sidescrollers, a graphic novel by Matt Loux (Oni Press). The book about a group of slacker friends, was named one of the Young […]
A parent of an incoming freshman in Enfield, CT took a complaint about the graphic novel Sidescrollers to the district Board of Education and succeeded in having the book axed from the list. In addition, the board decided to take responsibility for creating the reading list out of the hands of its teachers and funnel it […]
In fact, many of them contain the sorts of things you might not want a young child to see. Like video games, the market for comic books and graphic novels has a broader demographic appeal than 50 or 60 years ago. If your child does read, say, the dark and graphic work Neonomicon by Alan Moore, […]