Jul 18

The cover for March Book Two has been revealed by Top Shelf Productions! Slated for an early 2015 release, the sequel to John Lewis’ bestselling graphic novel will be significantly longer than book one, covering events from 1961-1963. The memoir will contain the famous journey of the Freedom Riders and John Lewis’ involvement in helping plan and lead the 1963 March on Washington (both of which are depicted on the cover).

For more information visit the publisher’s website.

Jul 11

Gearing up for Banned Books Week (September 21-27), the CBLDF has created a free resource that gives an in-depth list of graphic novels that have been banned along with the reason why. The handbook also explains how to report and fight censorship. This is a perfect tool for both librarians and teachers in preparation for Banned Books Week celebrations.

They have also created discussion guides for educators who would like to use banned comics in their teaching. Each guide includes: synopsis, themes, reason challenged, suggested age range, as well as discussion questions and activities to get students talking about the controversial topics in a thought-provoking way.

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