Be Prepared: Censorship Resources

“If every individual with an agenda had his/her way, the shelves in the school library would be close to empty.”
― Judy Blume

Every year, there are dozens of challenges to literary works. If you are a student, educator, parent, author or librarian battling a censorship controversy, below are some resources for guidance:

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READING DIVERSE BOOKS HELPS STUDENTS BUILD SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL SKILLS

“In order to be effective, SEL must be equitable. In other words, it must be supportive, affirming, and beneficial for students of all cultures, backgrounds, and identities.”

Wallace Foundation

Each week we will explore inclusive books and lessons that align with specific competencies using the CASEL Five. Last week we explored books and lessons that focus on SELF-MANAGMENT. This week we look at books and activities that highlight: SELF-AWARENESS.

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READING DIVERSE BOOKS HELPS STUDENTS BUILD SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL SKILLS


“In order to be effective, SEL must be equitable. In other words, it must be supportive, affirming, and beneficial for students of all cultures, backgrounds, and identities.”

Wallace Foundation

Diverse books affirm the identities, strengths and experiences of all children and diverse texts inspire reflection, create connections, and illicit empathy for others. This helps create engaging, thoughtful, and enriching classroom communities. 

Each week we will explore inclusive books and lessons that align with specific competencies using the CASEL Five. This week we explore: SELF-MANAGEMENT

Recognizing emotions is an important part of self-awareness, a key component of social-emotional learning.  Self-management and regulating thoughts, emotions, and behaviors in different situations is an important skill. Below are books and a free activity to help students learn to understand and manage their feelings.

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Moving Forward Through Tough Times

In Lawrence J. Cohen’s book, The Opposite of Worry, he describes the “Second Chicken” effect. If a baby chicken gets scared by a sudden noise or movement, it will freeze in place and look for a second chicken. If that second chicken is happily pecking and scratching at the dirt, the baby chicken will unfreeze and continue to peck and scratch and go about its business. If there is no second chicken, the baby chicken will remain paralyzed with fear.  

Anxiety, worry, and fear loom like a large shadow. Children look to others to know how to react. Educators are the second chickens. They are leading the way in classrooms, libraries, school cafeterias, and everywhere students look for reassurance and redirection.

Sharing books with resilient characters is another way to help students move forward. These books show that even during difficult and dark times, there are ways to keep learning, growing, and engaging with others.

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Build At-Home Libraries and Build Brighter Futures

Books provide comfort, inspiration, reflection, and joy. More than ever, students need access to diverse and inclusive books not only in the classroom, but at home. Helping families build and expand home libraries benefits students in the classroom and into the future.

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