Banned Books Program Draws Crowd at Winter Institute
Laurie Halse Anderson and Sherman Alexie, bestselling authors and passionate defenders of the freedom to read, helped draw more than 150 booksellers to a program about efforts to censor Young Adult books on Feb. 25 during the American Booksellers Association’s Winter Institute in Kansas City. They were joined by Mitchell Kaplan of Books & Books in Miami.
President Chris Finan, the moderator, opened the program by observing that book
censorship is "an every day problem” in the United States today. The American Library Association counted 326
challenges to books in 2011, and many resulted in bans and other forms of
restriction. Critics have charged that
YA books have become too violent and sexual.
They also claim that books about the problems faced by teens are often
guilty of making things worse by encouraging kids to imitate the bad behavior
COUNTDOWN TO BEA
Let's Celebrate Children's Book Art!
In honor of our MAY 29th ART AUCTION at BEA we will be featuring artists whose books have been
challenged. This week our featured artist is Adam Rex. Please click here to see artists previously featured.
first picture book, The Dirty Cowboy won several awards and yet was
still banned by two school boards. According to Steven Houser, superindendent
of the Annville-Cleona School District, parents at his school felt that "children
may come to the conclusion that looking at nudity is okay, and therefore
pornography is okay.”
Read what Adam has to say!
Are you an artist? You can contribute to our auction.
Kids Right to Read Project sent
a letter on March 17th to the Board of Education of the Chicago Public
Schools. It was sent in response to a district mandate to remove Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi.
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