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Who Are You to Say? Children’s Literature and the Censorship Conversation

March 9, 2016


Join us on Saturday, April 16, 2016 for a dialogue on today’s controversial and challenged books for children.

When: Saturday, April 16, 2016, 9:00am – 1:00pm
Where: Tabas Auditorium, Bank Street College of Education
610 West 112th Street
New York, NY, 10025

Tickets: $25






Developing Challenged Children’s Books: Authors and Their Editors
Moderator – Leonard Marcus, Children’s Book Historian
Panelists – Robie H. HarrisIt’s Perfectly Normal, Susan KuklinBeyond Magenta, editor Hilary Van Dusen, Candlewick; Pete Parnell and Justin RichardsonAnd Tango Makes Three, editor David Gale, Simon and Schuster

Why Are Young Adult Books Challenged?
Moderator – David Shipler, Pulitzer Prize Winner and Author of Freedom of Speech: Mightier than the Sword and The Working Poor: Invisible in America, Vintage Press
Panelists –  Meg MedinaYaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, Candlewick; emily m. danforthThe Miseducation of Cameron Post, Harper Collins; Shelly DiazSchool Library Journal, Young Adult Reviewer; Coe BoothTyrell, Scholastic

Context and Controversy:  Recently Censored and Contested Books for Children
Moderator – Elizabeth Levy, Former Co-Chair of the PEN Children’s Book Committee Panelists – Allie Jane Bruce, Children’s Librarian, Bank Street College of Education; Fatima Shaik, Children’s/Young Adult Books Committee, PEN American Center; Andy Laties, Manager, Bank Street Book Store; Kiera Parrott,  Reviews Director, School Library Journal; Cheryl Willis Hudson, Editorial Director, Just Us Books, Inc.

Closing Keynote Speaker

Joan Bertin, Director, National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC)

Looking for resources? We compiled a bibliography of sources authored by or suggested by our panelists.

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