Our center will help you advocate to include a challenged book in your curriculum. If you need help writing a rationale, connecting your book to standards, or drafting a letter to your school board, please contact us for personalized help.
Here are some additional resources:
- The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) offers a great place to start on how to write a rationale for a challenged book.
- The American Library Association (ALA) Issues and Advocacy site
- The National Coalition Against Censorship
- NCTE Intellectual Freedom Center
- The NCTE Assembly on Literature for Adolescents SpeakLoudly Censorship Resources
Steps To Take If A Book Has Been Challenged:
- Review the complaint.
- Talk to your administrator.
- Gather resources (book awards, book reviews, distinctions the title has won).
- Re-read the title so you can familiarize yourself with it.
- Be prepared to provide information to your appropriate supervisor about the merits of the literature.