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Teaching Tolerance

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This site provides wonderful resources for professional development and ways to teach students about diversity. Topics include race, family differences, religion, gender, and sexual orientation.

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What's Your Censorship IQ?

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How much do you know about censorship? Take the quiz now and find out!

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YALSA Announces Great Graphic Novels for 2013 | Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

YALSA Announces Great Graphic Novels for 2013 | Comic Book Legal Defense Fund | Issues regarding YA Literature | Scoop.it
The Young Adult Library Services Association’s latest annual list of Great Graphic Novels is out! Books are nominated for inclusion on the list by member...
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YALSA has released their 2013 list of great graphic novels. Students love them but they are seen as controversial for several reasons.

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Steps When Materials Are Challenged

Steps When Materials Are Challenged | Issues regarding YA Literature | Scoop.it
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The University of Wisconsin-Madison has an excellent set of resources which help libraries prepare for book challenges. This could possibly be the most important scoop!

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Banned Books Week

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Banned Books Week was started by the Office for Intellectual Freedom of the American Library...
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Follow information regarding the 2013 Banned Books Week on their Facebook page.

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TLT: Teen Librarian's Toolbox: What if Amy wasn't Pretty: a tale of censorship

TLT: Teen Librarian's Toolbox: What if Amy wasn't Pretty: a tale of censorship | Issues regarding YA Literature | Scoop.it
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A perspective on the controversial book Pretty Amy.

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Frequently Challenged Books | American Library Association

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Information and links about frequently challenged books.

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The Printz Award Winners Under a Microscope: Content Trends, Committee Challenges, and Teen Popularity | The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults

The Printz Award Winners Under a Microscope: Content Trends, Committee Challenges, and Teen Popularity | The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults | Issues regarding YA Literature | Scoop.it
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Common themes seen in the Printz Award winners. Books nominated for the Printz Award are also commonly seen in articles about controversial YA titles.

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Lauren Myracle, Calling It As She Sees It

Lauren Myracle, Calling It As She Sees It | Issues regarding YA Literature | Scoop.it
Lauren Myracle’s novels take an uncensored look at the lives of children and teenagers that has won her plenty of young fans and lots of criticism from some older readers.
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Insight on Lauren Myracle, her books top the Banned Book list.

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Laurie Halse Anderson - Speak Poem

Over the past ten years, Laurie has received thousands and thousands of emails and letters from readers about how Speak has given them the courage to speak u...
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This is such a powerful video. Laurie Halse Anderson uses exerpts from readers feedback to prove why books with controversial subjects need to on our shelves.

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New Oral History Resource for LGBT History Month

New Oral History Resource for LGBT History Month | Issues regarding YA Literature | Scoop.it
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There is a new resource available which includes lesson plans built around audio interviews with people who helped shape LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) history in some way. Many students are bullied due to their sexual orientation. The more we know and can educate others, the more accepting people will be.

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40 Developmental Assets for Adolescents | Search Institute

40 Developmental Assets for Adolescents | Search Institute | Issues regarding YA Literature | Scoop.it
Search Institute has identified the following building blocks of healthy development—known as Developmental Assets—that help young children grow up healthy, caring, and responsible. This particular list is intended for adolescents (age 12-18).
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I found this link via the Wild Child Conference article. Here are the 40 Developmental Assets that help children grow up to be "healthy, caring and responsible."

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TLT: Teen Librarian's Toolbox: Discuss: Is Fat the Last Acceptable Prejudice?

TLT: Teen Librarian's Toolbox: Discuss: Is Fat the Last Acceptable Prejudice? | Issues regarding YA Literature | Scoop.it
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Is Fat the Last Acceptable Prejudice? These two YA librarians discuss the issue of recent obese characters and why others are critical of them?

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Arab American Book Award

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Arab American National Museum Book Award
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The Arab American National museum Book Award provides a yearly list of books which portray Arab Americans in a positive light.

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kidSPEAK! - Where Kids Speak Up for Free Speech!

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That darn Harry Potter seems to always be up to something, in this case it is causing controversy in school libraries. Read about a successful anti-censorship campaign.

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THE POPULARITY PAPERS Stays in District Libraries | Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

THE POPULARITY PAPERS Stays in District Libraries | Comic Book Legal Defense Fund | Issues regarding YA Literature | Scoop.it
Last week, CBLDF and the Kids' Right to Read Project defended two books in the Prosser, Washington, school district: A Child Called It and The Popularity P...
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Wow, a school teacher actually asked for the removal of two popular books.

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Fairfax County parent wants ‘Beloved’ banned from school system

Fairfax County parent wants ‘Beloved’ banned from school system | Issues regarding YA Literature | Scoop.it
Intense novel about slavery challenged; county has never banned a book from schools.
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A recent challenge of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Toni Morrison, Beloved.

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Renee Tettaton Hand's comment, March 7, 2013 3:30 PM
It is frustrating when people who have haven't read a book in it's entirety and want to bann it.
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BBW Virtual Read-Out!

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The Banned Books Virtual Read-Out features videos of readers exercising their First Amendment right to read a banned book. If you have any questions or would...
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When I think of controversial books I think of Banned Books Week. Here is the link to the You Tube Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out channel where people read from their favorite banned books and upload the videos.

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TLT: Teen Librarian's Toolbox: The BIGGIES, the BIG ISSUES in YA Lit

TLT: Teen Librarian's Toolbox: The BIGGIES, the BIG ISSUES in YA Lit | Issues regarding YA Literature | Scoop.it
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A listing of the big issues in YA Lit along with links (mainly to reviews) of these controversial titles.

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Reading: Not Just For Solitary Bookworms Anymore

Reading: Not Just For Solitary Bookworms Anymore | Issues regarding YA Literature | Scoop.it
"Wait a minute! Wait a minute!
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Information about Socialbook. I wonder how this will impact libraries and publishing? Will it encourage more teens to read?

 

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Controversial Literature for Young Adults: Cut by Patricia McCormick

Controversial Literature for Young Adults: Cut by Patricia McCormick | Issues regarding YA Literature | Scoop.it
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Library Science student Megan Detour's blog about controversial YA titles. She includes summaries, evaluations and extensive information including links to the author's websites. It looks like Megan Detour's professor is Joni Richards Bodart, a woman who has written extensively for the ALA on the subject of controversial YA Lit.

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Sex and the 'new adult' novel: Teen fiction gets steamier

Sex and the 'new adult' novel: Teen fiction gets steamier | Issues regarding YA Literature | Scoop.it
In 1975, Judy Blume’s “Forever” rankled school librarians and protective parents alike with its frank depiction of teenage lust and love.
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Fifty Shades of Gray has inspired a new genre of erotic fiction for young adults. I recently saw a late night news show do a story on how quickly these books are being purchased and read by not only young adults, but adults as well.

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WARNING: On YA, Ratings, and "Censorship"

WARNING: On YA, Ratings, and "Censorship" | Issues regarding YA Literature | Scoop.it
The YA world is in an uproar over a recent study by BYU professor Sarah Coyne, featured in an article by U.S. News and World Report (among other places), t
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A proposed YA rating system! What are your thoughts?

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What Librarians Say About Street Lit

What Librarians Say About Street Lit | Issues regarding YA Literature | Scoop.it
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Street Lit? What is it? Who reads it? Street Lit is a popular genre that is often stolen or improperly shelved. Is this a genre that your students could be identifying with?

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TLT: Teen Librarian's Toolbox: Understanding the "Wild Child" - a look at addiction in the life of teens, including technology

TLT: Teen Librarian's Toolbox: Understanding the "Wild Child" - a look at addiction in the life of teens, including technology | Issues regarding YA Literature | Scoop.it
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This is an interesting look at feedback from the 2011 Wild Child Conference. the topic of discussion was addiction and how to help as a librarian.

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