We strive to create inclusive library collections that reflect a diverse global community. But what happens when members of the school community challenge or attempt to ban such inclusive materials? In 2018, 38% of reported book challenges took place in schools. Among the challenged works were those in illustrated format, including Persepolis, Drama, This One Summer, Captain Underpants, Bad Kitty, and Bone. As we celebrate School Library Month, join us in advocating for and defending books that incorporate art with Bad Kitty author and illustrator Nick Bruel and librarians Mariela Siegert, Martha Hickson, and Suzanna Panter. They will share their experiences with censorship and navigating a graphic novel challenge. Moderated by Kristin Pekoll, assistant director of ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, with resources and tools to support inclusion of all types of learning resources.
Commit to inclusiveness and respect for diversity in the learning community
Gain awareness of the experiences and struggles of school librarian colleagues
Understand school-based challenge cases and the strategies used to defend resources & services
Recognize the tools and support available to promote intellectual freedom
Assistant Director of ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom,
American Library Association