Background: We first shared news about this story on infoDOCKET about two weeks ago. See: “Caldecott Winning Graphic Novel Under Fire in Some Central Florida Schools.”
In response to a complaint from a parent of an elementary school student, three high school libraries in [Seminole County,] Florida have restricted access to an award-winning graphic novel [This One Summer, by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki]. A coalition of free speech and freedom to read groups are recommending the school district reverse this move.
A letter from the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC)—signed by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, American Booksellers for Free Expression, Association of American Publishers, National Council of Teachers of English, American Library Association, and the PEN American Center’s Children’s and Young Adult Book Committee—points out that the decision undermines the freedom to read: