National Coalition Against Censorship Book Challenge Crisis Hotline
American Library Association Office of Intellectual Freedom Book Challenge Reporting Form & Assistance Request
Island Trees v. Pico (1982): Supreme Court struck down a school board’s decision to ban a collection of books because the board disagreed with the books’ ideas. This case established the need for school districts to have a standardized book reconsideration policy, where stakeholders, including educators, school librarians, and others review book challenges.
Case v. Unified School Dist. No. 233 (1995): A U.S. District Court in Kansas struck down a superintendent’s decision to unilaterally remove a book about a romance between two female characters. The court determined that the district violated students’ First Amendment and Fourteenth Amendment rights.
Gender and Sexuality Alliance v. Spearman (2020): In 2020 the U.S. District Court in Charleston, South Carolina struck down a state law that banned the discussion of same-sex relationships in public schools. The court ruled that the law violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
Lambda Legal Fact Sheet: This resource summarizes students’ rights with regard to accessing LGBTQ affirming books in public school libraries. The fact sheet also offers responses to frequently asked questions on the matter.
The National Coalition Against Censorship created a School Book Challenge Resource Center with videos of student speeches against book bans as well as templates for letters to school board members.
The #FReadom Fighters, a group of Texas school librarians fighting book bans there and across the country, created a Resource Page and Padlet with sample letters and guidance for writing and speaking against book bans.
The American Library Association has a Selection & Reconsideration Policy Toolkit for Public, School, & Academic Libraries. The toolkit has language on why it is essential for libraries to have a policy, as well as a model policy for you to use or adapt from.
After receiving a challenge to an LGBTQ affirming book, the library staff at the Cozby Library and Community Commons in Coppell, Texas reviewed the book and complaint. The Library Director’s detailed response is a model for you to reference. The complete response in PDF form is here. Additional context from BookRiot is here.
@FReadomFighters – (Texas school librarians fighting book ban attempts)
@OIF – (American Library Association Office of Intellectual Freedom)
@PENamerica – (PEN America, a pro-freedom of expression nonprofit)
@ncacensorship (National Coalition Against Censorship)
@BookRiot (news site with weekly wrap-up of book ban related stories)
@FLFreedomRead (Florida Freedom to Read Project)
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