June 10, 2023

What to Do When Kids Aren’t Allowed to Read Digital Books in School

Pat Scales, chair of the American Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee and SLJ columnist, regularly fields questions on banned library materials. But “this is the first I’ve encountered in which a book’s format has been censored,” she writes.

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  1. I am appalled that e-format is being discriminated against. I do think a discussion with the classroom teacher, the reading teacher and if there isn’t any movement with the principal. I can understand the classroom or reading teacher insisting on a certain level book for assessment of comprehension and fluency (all titles are not available in e-format) but for independent reading this policy seems absurd.