Monthly Archives: September 2009

Books and Teachers Under Attack

TweetLast week I reported on efforts to ban SPEAK in CA, and TWISTED in KY and PA. Thankfully, all of the attempts to remove the books were defeated.This week, things are worse.Teachers at Montgomery High School in Mt. Sterling, KY have been banned from wearing Banned Books Week tee-shirts that feature a quote from To […]
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TWISTED banning update

TweetI now have the specifics of the challenge to TWISTED in Montgomery High School in Mt. Sterling, KY.It started as an effort to remove seven books. These were all options for literature circle reads. All seven were pulled from a teacher’s classroom after a parent complained about the content of the books. The first six were […]
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TweetI have not heard anything about the challenge to TWISTED in Kentucky yet.This week’s entries at A.Word.A.Day all deal with censorship. (Thanks to a friend in Maine for the tip!)And this was sort of buried in Tuesday’s post. "The Kids’ Right to Read project is a collaboration of the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE) […]
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Autumn, with the smell of book banning in the air

Tweet(Yes, I know this is a long post. With no pictures. It’s important. Please read through to the end. And then pass it on.)While I was out of town last week, I received word of three attempts to remove two of my books from high school classrooms, TWISTED and SPEAK.The challenge I have the least […]
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Secret journeys

TweetI’ve been AWOL from blogging for a week, but it has been for the best of all possible reasons.Last weekend I was at the Brooklyn Book Festival. Saw all kinds of kidlit people like,    Mo Willems and  Chris Myers.A couple of my blog readers showed up armed with life-sustaining popcorn for me, like Rebecca from […]
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Fantabulous Five

Tweet1. I salute thee, Brooklyn, and your slightly less-cool brethren: Bronx, Queens, Staten Island, and Manhattan! I implore all of your peoples to come out and see me on a panel with Greg Neri and Gayle Foreman at the Brooklyn Book Festival. THIS SUNDAY. 1pm!!!! Bring me popcorn and I will sign your shoes.2. Check out the […]
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Listening to ghosts

TweetI’ve been reading the diary of Benjamin Gilbert, who was an American soldier for the entire Revolution. Most of the diary is filled with one or two line entries about the weather.May 1778the 3rd Sunday. Fair Pleasant day.the 5th Fair and Clear.the 6th. Fair.the 7th. Clear and warm.You get the gist.Then there are the entries […]
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How did I miss this?

TweetBetter late than never, I suppose.Happy Slightly Late International Literacy Day!
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KidsBuzz & Political Rant & Where you can find me this fall

TweetWhat is the New New Exciting Thing for teachers, librarians and readers this fall? Check out KidsBuzz!!!Random political thought: How is it that anyone could be upset about our President telling children to work hard, listen to their teachers, take responsibility for themselves and their actions, and stay in school? Did you read the speech? […]
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RAINNing goodness & strength

TweetAttention Writerlady Friends Who Live in the Washington, DC Area!!! You can help those who have been affected by sexual violence TOMORROW!!! Join host Christina Ricci on 9/9 for a special fundraiser for RAINN – the nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organization.  Get your tickets now!Attention All Other Writerlady Friends!!! You should make a donation to […]
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