Keep Them Reading
An Anti-Censorship Handbook for Educators
ReLeah Cossett Lent Gloria Pipkin Celia Genishi Donna E. Alvermann
Teachers College Press
Keep Them Reading is a concise handbook for teachers, librarians, administrators, and district personnel about how to prevent censorship in a school or district—and what to do if it happens. Written by two award-winning authors who have devoted much of their careers to anti-censorship work, this book discusses the overall importance of reading in all academic endeavors and demonstrates how challenges and censorship can derail even the best literacy program.
Each chapter contains practical tools, advice, and resources for building understanding about issues of intellectual freedom and for creating a plan to help all parties work through challenges before they turn into damaging censorship incidents. The last chapter contains advice from authors who have dealt with censorship, such as Judy Blume, and experts on the subject, such as Joan Bertin, executive director of the National Coalition Against Censorship.
- Procedures for dealing with censorship challenges before they arise.
- Protocols to help teachers and librarians meet challenges and resist censorship.
- Samples of actual letters teachers can use to defend their selection of a text.
- Detailed suggestions for conducting meetings with parents and district personnel.
- Helpful lists of books dealing with censorship, relevant court cases, and national organizations offering support and resources.
ReLeah Cossett Lent is a national consultant and the author of Literacy for Real: Reading, Thinking, and Learning in the Content Areas.Gloria Pipkin, a former teacher, has written extensively about censorship. Together, they were honored with intellectual freedom awards from the National Council of Teachers of English and the American Library Association.