The objecting New London parents say that the book features “gratuitous and unnecessary” profanity and sexual references.
The Arizona school district removed Khaled Hosseini’s novel after 5 years on the English curriculum, raising questions about the motivations behind the decision.
In his statement, the author of ‘Bad Little Children’s Books’ has asked ABRAMS not to print another edition of the book, because it has been so widely misunderstood and misconstrued.
J. Todd Chasteen once described Isabel Allende’s critically acclaimed work The House of the Spirits as a ‘sex book.’
Renae Roscart, 15, considers parents who argued for the reading list removal to be “pretending that sexual assault and alcoholism isn’t something that youths encounter.”
The Chesterfield County Public School summer reading list contained books that were “pornographic” and contained “vile, vile, nasty language,” one mother complained.
We’re proud to partner with the Human Rights Campaign’s Welcoming Schools initiative in a nationwide day readings of I Am Jazz, one of the most challenged books in the country.
The prevailing narrative in Rainier, OR, is that nine-year-old kids were forced to look at “explicit” books in their school library. But things aren’t always what they seem.
It’s not just Catcher in the Rye anymore. The Randolph County school board in North Carolina voted yesterday to restore access to Invisible Man. Public statements of support from readers, students and citizen moved them to have a change of … Continue reading →
The following may inspire tears of pride and/or rage, depending on your disposition. They are Change.org quotes from two petitions: one on each side of a debate over the use of Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye and other texts in Adams County, Colorado. A group of Concerned Parents started their petition to remove this and other […]
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? […]
Arizona state officials rejoiced yesterday as a U.S. Circuit Judge upheld state law HB 2281, which prohibits any class that “advocates ethnic solidarity.” The law was written to advance the dissolution of the popular and effective Mexican-American Studies (MAS) Program in Tucson in January 2012. Though Judge A. Wallace Tashima did not believe objections to […]
Earlier this month, the Washington Post reported on a mother’s attempt to have Toni Morrison’s Beloved banned from AP English classes in Fairfax County. When we heard about the challenge, we immediately contacted board members to take the temperature of the situation. In Fairfax County — a huge public school system with beefed up district operations serving […]
…and this was a problem for the mother of a student in Pennsylvania, who recently lodged a challenge against Adele Geras’ Troy (Scholastic). The book was housed in the Northwestern Lehigh Middle School library and will stay there: the school board voted 5-4 to keep the book, in spite of the challenge. Two things caught my attention […]
…A golden chastity key Aristophanes‘ The Birds Catholic French outrage, a Clear Channel Dove and no art in Newark library A school administration in South Dakota pulled an entire set of encyclopedias off library shelves after discovering some steamy and offensive content that would certainly do damage to minors. The picture of two adults […]
Today the Brentwood Public Library board handed down its unanimous decision to keep Uncle Bobby’s Wedding, a picture book by Sarah S. Brannen that had recently drawn objections from a patron. Library Director Vicky Wood initially offered a written response to the complaint, affirming the library’s duty to provide access to a variety of materials: […]
The American Library Association teamed up with us this week on a letter to the Rocklin Unified School District, where they are currently considering pulling Different Seasons by Stephen King out of school libraries. After her ninth grade son brought the book home from the library, a parent complained about sexual content in the book, specifically […]
A belated update, but one worth taking a second look at if you’ve seen it already. Missouri School of Journalism Associate Professor Charles Davis organized a group of students in working on an awesome project about book challenges in schools from across the state. Using Freedom of Information Act Requests, the participants gathered data on […]
The news is blossoming today with book challenge-related stories, and we thought we’d take a moment to share. 1.) A teacher’s aide in Dubuque, Iowa was fired (though she apparently about to quit anyway) after disrupting classes by insisting that Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a racist book that shouldn’t be taught […]
(applause for alliteration, please) This month we’ve been working on restoring two children’s picture books teaching tolerance for different types of families. Though they are quite different in content, tone, reading level and appropriateness, their challenges parallel one another immensely. Book one is The Family Book by Todd Parr, a peppy, colorful and simple picture book […]