On November 21, 2015, at the NCTE Convention, Laurie Halse Anderson (pictured on the left with Joan Kaywell on the right) accepted the NCTE Intellectual Freedom Award with the following words that embody the purpose of the NCTE Intellectual Freedom Center.

Five Most Helpful Resources

The materials below have been identified by teachers as most useful in preventing and combating censorship.


Students’ Right to Read

Gives model procedures for responding to challenges, including “Citizen’s Request for Reconsideration of a Work.”

Guidelines for Selection of Materials in English Language Arts Programs

Presents criteria and procedures that ensure thoughtful teacher selection of novels and other materials.

Rationales for Teaching Challenged Books

Rich resource section included table of contents of NCTE’s Rationales for Commonly Challenged Books CD-ROM, an alphabetical list of other rationales on file, the SLATE Starter Sheet on “How to Write a Rationale,” and sample rationales for Bridge to Terabithia and The Color Purple.

Guidelines for Dealing with Censorship of Nonprint Materials

Offers principles and practices regarding nonprint materials.

Defining and Defending Instructional Methods

Gives rationales for various English language arts teaching methods and other defenses against common challenges to them.