Tag Archives: Kids’ Right To Read

Come Bid at the Children’s Art Auction TOMORROW to Benefit Kids’ Right to Read

NCAC partner organization and Kids’ Right to Read Project co-founder the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression is hosting their annual auction of children’s book artwork. The auction will be held in the River Pavilion at the Jacob Javits Center … Continue reading

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Marjane Satrapi to CPS: ‘Find your Brain Again. Stop Lying’

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 … Continue reading

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Too Soon or Censorship? “The Librarian of Basra” & Third Graders

This morning’s news feeds boasted two stories that grabbed our attention, in particular because they dovetail so perfectly with the recent controversy in Chicago Public Schools surrounding Persepolis.  One is about drama that has ensued after the California DOE decided to … Continue reading

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Chicago Public Schools Demands ‘Persepolis’ Be Removed from Classrooms

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 … Continue reading

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Judge Upholds Arizona Law Banning Ethnic Studies

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 … Continue reading

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You all remember Boy Jim, Aunt Polly’s… “Little Helper”?

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. … Continue reading

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Just Like the Original, Teen-Lit Version of Homer’s “Iliad” Contains Sex, Gossip and Violence

…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 … Continue reading

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