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Are you ready?
Banned Books Week, with a focus on graphic novels, is next week!
Listen to the "Banned Books Week & Graphic Novels" interview with NCTE and ALAN members Jennifer Buehler and Jeffrey Kaplan. Education Talk Radio, September 15, 2014
For NCTE members only -- who get access to all journals two years old and older:
"In Defense of Graphic Novels," English Journal, November 2012, and "Exploring Literary Devices in Graphic Novels," Language Arts, July 2012
Download the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund's Banned Books Week Handbook.
Join #nctechat with guest hosts Laura Jimenez (@booktoss), author of Booktoss blog and Boston University School of Education lecturer researching on reading and representation in graphic novels, and Matthew Holm (@mattholm), cocreater of kids' graphic novel series BABYMOUSE and SQUISH and the new COMICS SQUAD!
High School Literary List Causes Kerfuffle with Parents
The challenged books are The Art of Racing in the Rain, The Working Poor: Invisible in America, Siddhartha, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, An Abundance of Katherines, The Glass Castle, and Song of Solomon. NCTE is working on this challenge. CBS-DFW, September 9, 2014
Sherman Alexie, author of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, tells us "Why the Best Kids Books Are Written in Blood."
"We're not alone in this struggle," writes Emily Nafziger in "Whose Forebears Are We?" on the new NCTE blog, "Literacy and NCTE."
For example, since 2005, the NCTE Intellectual Freedom Center has worked with educators to protect The Students' Right to Read by defending these books.
NCTE's Support for the Students' Right to Read is long-lived:
NCTE actively began fighting censorship in the 1950's. McCarthyism spurred NCTE to take a more active stance against censorship and, in 1953, NCTE's Committee on Censorship of Teaching Materials published Censorship and Controversy, condemning McCarthy's tactics and championing freedom of thought. In 1962 NCTE published its seminal intellectual freedom guideline The Students' Right to Read, that led to today's active Anti-Censorship program, which works with 60-100 educators and school districts a year on challenges to texts used in classrooms. Over these years the Council has voiced its opposition to censorship and promoted intellectual freedom as portrayed in this video clip from the NCTE Centennial Film.
Check out the NCTEEnglish virtual readout playlist of staff members reading from banned books.
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