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Comics Take Center Stage For This Year’s Banned Books Week Celebration

banned-comicsThe American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression will celebrate Banned Books Week from September 21st to September 27th.

The organization plans to shine a spotlight on graphic novels and comics. Judith Platt, chair of the Banned Books Week National Committee, had this statement in a press release: “This year we spotlight graphic novels because, despite their serious literary merit and popularity as a genre, they are often subject to censorship.”

The American Library Association recently revealed the top ten list of most frequently challenged books for this year. Jeff Smith’s comic series, Bone, occupies the #10 spot. Earlier this year, Smith designed the cover for Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Banned Books Week Handbook. Follow this link to access a free digital copy. Check out the entire list after the jump.

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Oprah Winfrey, Dav Pilkey, & David Mitchel Debut On the Indie Bestseller List

Captain UnderpantsWe’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending September 13, 2014–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #1 in Hardcover Fiction) The Bone Clocks by David Mitchel: “Following a terrible fight with her mother over her boyfriend, fifteen-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her family and her old life. But Holly is no typical teenage runaway: A sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as ‘the radio people,’ Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena.” (September 2014)

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Dav Pilkey, Toni Morrison & Sherman Alexie Lead ALA’s Frequently Challenged Books List

captainunderpantsCaptain Underpants by Dav Pilkey, The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie led the  most challenged books of the year list this year.

This is according to the Top Ten List of Frequently Challenged Books, compiled annually by the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF). The list explores books that have received the most complaints. Check it out:

The OIF collects reports on book challenges from librarians, teachers, concerned individuals and press reports. A challenge is defined as a formal, written complaint filed with a library or school requesting that a book or other material be restricted or removed because of its content or appropriateness. In 2013, the OIF received hundreds of reports on attempts to remove or restrict materials from school curricula and library bookshelves.

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Jeff Kinney & Dav Pilkey to Headline ‘Story Smashup’ Webcast

ScholasticHighResDiary of a Wimpy Kid series creator Jeff Kinney and Captain Underpants series creator Dav Pilkey will appear together at a free webcast. The online event will take place on January 15, 2014 at 1 p.m. EST.

Scholastic has arranged for Kinney and Pilkey to collaborate on a “Story Smashup” project. The two children’s literature titans will use suggestions from an audience of children to construct an original story.

According to the press release, the event is meant to teach viewers “how to write a story—exploring character, setting, plot, action, and more. The webcast will be globally accessible for free starting January 15, 2014, and afterward for replay, at www.scholastic.com/kpwebcast.”

Dav Pilkey Lands Deal for New Captain Underpants Books

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Dav Pilkey will publish two new Captain Underpants books with Scholastic. The new books will come out in August 2014 and August 2015. Here’s more Pilkey news from the release:

Scholastic will publish newly re-illustrated editions of Pilkey’s seven-book Ricky Ricotta series, featuring a mouse and his big robot friend, with all new full-color art by bestselling illustrator Dan Santat. Scholastic will reissue Ricky Ricotta novels #1 through #7 starting in May 2014—plus two brand new Ricky Ricotta books (Ricky Ricotta #8 and #9) in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 respectively.

The deal was negotiated with Scholastic Trade president Ellie Berger by two Writers House agents. Amy Berkower represented Dav Pilkey and Jodi Reamer represented Dan Santat.

 

Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2012

The American Library Association (ALA) has released its annual list of the most frequently challenged library books of the year. We’ve linked to free samples of all the books on the list–follow the links below to read these controversial books yourself.

The list was part of the ALA’s 2013 State of America’s Libraries Report. During the past year, the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom received 464 reports of challenged books. Here’s more from the report:

In California, a school committee voted to remove the Stephen King novella “Different Seasons” from Rocklin High School library shelves. The lone dissenter on that committee was 17-year-old student Amanda Wong, who continued to fight the ban and spoke against the decision at a later school board meeting. After hearing Wong’s concerns that the removal “opens a door to censoring other materials,” the district superintendent overturned the committee’s decision and returned the book to the Rocklin High School library’s collection.

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Dav Pilkey to Publish Two New ‘Captain Underpants’ Titles

Captain Underpants will return in 2012. Author Dav Pilkey has two new Captain Underpants titles in the works for Scholastic: Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers (due out August 28, 2012) and Captain Underpants and the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers (due out January 2013).

Here’s more from the release: “In his ninth epic Captain Underpants novel, Dav Pilkey takes readers back in time to the carefree days of kindergarten, when the worst thing heroes George and Harold had to face was NOT an evil mad scientist or an alien cafeteria lady but a sixth-grade bully named Kipper Krupp, the nephew of their clueless school principal.”

The books will have a first printing of one million copies apiece.

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