Last night, Al Jazeera America’s The Stream dedicated its show to a topic near and dear to NCAC’s work and hearts: book challenges and bans in the U.S. Joining the show was author Carolyn Mackler, whose works NCAC has defended throughout the years, as well as partners-in-activism Isaiah Zukowski and Lynn Bruno.
Isaiah spoke out as a high school senior when a school board member tried to ban books from the high school summer reading list in his district. Lynn, an 8th grade literacy teacher from Glen Ellyn, was on the front lines of the battle over classroom libraries and access to The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
The Stream is very social media integrated leading to lively commentary and debate on the issue. It was great to see that so much of the tweeting was supportive of the freedom to read!