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Banned Books Week

Friday, September 26th, 2014

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CBLDF “Banned Books Handbook”

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Gearing up for Banned Books Week (September 21-27), the CBLDF has created a free resource that gives an in-depth list of graphic novels that have been banned along with the reason why. The handbook also explains how to report and fight censorship. This is a perfect tool for both librarians and teachers in preparation for Banned Books Week celebrations.

They have also created discussion guides for educators who would like to use banned comics in their teaching. Each guide includes: synopsis, themes, reason challenged, suggested age range, as well as discussion questions and activities to get students talking about the controversial topics in a thought-provoking way.

Banned Books Week 2014

Friday, June 6th, 2014

The American Library Association (ALA), with the national Banned Books Week planning committee, announced on Wednesday that this year’s Banned Books Week’s theme will focus on comics and graphic novels. Banned Book’s Week is a celebration of the right to read and intellectual freedom. Comics and graphic novels have often been a target of censorship even in recent years. In fact, the Bones series by Jeff Smith was in the top 10 for most frequently challenged books of 2013.  The week long celebration runs this year from September 21-September 27.

You can find more information about Banned Books Week at http://www.ala.org/bbooks/ and http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund also has an excellent write up on Banned Books Week 101!