January 26, 2022

Groups Send Letter Asking Florida School District to End Restricted Library Access to Caldecott Winning Graphic Novel

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.”

From the National Coalition Against Censorship:

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:

Learn More and Read the Full Text Letter to the Seminole County School District

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.