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I read and review banned and contested books that appear in YCRT! news roundups and to date has posted nearly 70 reviews. I really should create an index with links to each review, but until I do, my “Forbidden book” shelf at Goodreads will serve as one. – Paul

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If this Twitter feed doesn’t get you out of your chair and into the narrow, dusty aisles of your local independent bookstore, you’re dead inside.

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Sometimes all it takes to reduce a school board to whining submission is a simple complaint.

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I guess I know which forbidden book I’m going to read and comment on next!

Florida teacher wants review of over 100 books dealing with sexual, political and LGBTQ topics (WKRG.com)

Vicki Baggett has been teaching for 31 years, 20 in Florida and 11 in Alabama. She said she received a set of class novels that arrived in her class before the end of the school year last year. The set was Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. “It was a book I had never heard of before,” Baggett said. “When I pre-read this book, I found it to be full of questionable and age-inappropriate material, including a lot of oral sex, bestiality, and things of that nature.”


Great investigative work by a humble blogger (like me!), detailing a local hate group’s campaign to stoke a book banning frenzy in a Texas school district.

35 Pounds to Conroe ISD (Frankstrong Blog)

I’ve seen enough to know that the events around book challenges at Conroe ISD can tell us a lot about the methods and motivations that characterize pro-censorship groups, and the collaboration between members of these groups, the media right-wing locals, elected officials, and current candidates for school board positions.


Pay attention to what is happening in my own garden.

What to know about a new Arizona law and how it could ban books from school libraries (azcentral.com)

… at a Senate Education Committee meeting in March, Hoffman cited the availability of materials containing drawings of male and female organs and “hundreds of reference materials provided to Arizona children the pointing to resources such as, and I quote, dry life backups, it’s OK to have sex with a lot of people, how to watch porn, and other equally concerning topics.”


Fantastic sex ed claims in a teabagger screed, with barely a link or citation as evidence.

“I Will Not Embrace Chaos”: A Letter From A Former Wauwatosa Teacher (Wisconsin right now)

“Sixth graders would define different types of sexual activity, ‘vaginal, oral and anal sex and other forms of sexuality (masturbation).’ The same level would learn “a range of identities related to sexual orientation ( eg, straight, bisexual, lesbian, gay, queer, two-spirited, asexual, pansexual)”.


It’s good to see a school board follow due process instead of immediately giving in to public pressure.

School board bans public scrutiny of ‘banned books’ posting (Westport Newspaper)

The Board of Education on Monday declined to publicly discuss a display of “banned books” in the Staples High School library that several members of the public charge were inappropriate and dangerous.


It was the Supreme Court yesterday. I’m pretty sure today’s Supreme Court will ignore precedent when it takes up one of these pornography cases in our schools.

Did you ever think you would see book bans in 21st century America? (Missouri Independent)

In 1982, the Supreme Court weighed in on the issue of students’ right to read when it ruled on a case in New York brought by students when their school board banned books it deemed un-American, anti-Christian or otherwise deemed objectionable. . The Supreme Court explicitly ruled, “Local school boards cannot remove books from school libraries simply because they dislike the ideas in those books,” citing First Amendment student rights.


The Stupids want to bring us all down to their level.

Michigan library could close after city votes to fund 5 LGBTQ-themed books (CBS News)

A small town in Michigan is locked in a war of words. The Battle for Jamestown Township spans five books with LGBTQ+ themes. Books include “The Breakaways”, two books in the “Heartstopper” series, “Kiss Number 8” and “Spinning”. A group called the Jamestown Conservatives recently led a successful campaign to essentially defund the town’s library and remove the books from the shelves.


In 2021 a The South Carolina police union called for a ban on The Hate U Give in schools, and this year there have been reports of cops show up at public libraries to investigate reports of pornography on the shelves. Is it any wonder I care when I see things like this in a law enforcement news bulletin?

Library group complains about ‘banning books’ as they back explicit books in school libraries (Law Enforcement Today)

This year is the second year in a row that parents, seeing enough of what they feel is brainwashing or indoctrination of their children, have called for a record number of books to be banned. The ALA said last year, “729 attempts were made that targeted 1,597 book titles”, which they said was a “record”.


Authors targeted by book banners may have the clearest understanding of what’s going on.

Authors of banned books say new wave of censorship most dangerous yet (The hill)

Perez said she looked at the Facebook pages of groups that challenged her young adult novel “Out of Darkness” and was shocked to see members telling others to “don’t talk about race” or talk about it. bring up homosexuality when trying to lobby for a ban. and instead “just talk about sex and swearing”. For her, comments like that reveal that targeting specific themes in books is just a pretext for targeting specific books that promote the inclusion of people of different races and gender identities. “These groups know they can’t send parents to school board meetings to say I don’t want gay kids in my child’s school. I don’t want them sitting next to a black kid,” Perez said. “They can’t say these things in 2022, but they can hold up a copy of ‘Out of Darkness’ with the main black and Mexican characters on the front and say it’s dirt.”

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