Censorship and
the Right to Read

Resources about an issue close to my heart.

the right to read (censorship and banned books)

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PLACES I NEVER MEANT TO BE: ORIGINAL STORIES BY CENSORED WRITERS edited by Judy Blume (benefits the National Coalition Against Censorship).
An outstanding collection of short YA stories by some of children's literatures most talented voices, including Chris Lynch, Walter Dean Myers, Katherine Paterson, and Jacqueline Woodson. I especially enjoyed Meeting the Mugger by Norma Fox Mazer and Spear by Julius Lester. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Ages 12-up.

[Blue Ribbon Campaign icon]Banned Book and Censorship Resources by George Suttle (alisg@selway.umt.edu), Assistant Librarian Lucy Carson Library, Western Montana College of The University of Montana; extensive site with original information and links to related on and off-line resources. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Banned Books Week from the American Library Association.

Brent Hartinger on the Banning of Geography Club.

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund: fights censorship and defends First Amendment rights of comic book professionals.

The National Coalition Against Censorship offers numerous position papers and advocacy efforts protecting the right of children to read.

Won't Someone Please Think of the Children? by Carrie Ryan at Carrie's Procrastinatory Outlet. Peek: "...not talking about the difficult issues in this world doesn't make them not exist. Not letting teens read about them doesn't mean teens are somehow not going to face them."
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