The NCBLA believes that every person has the right to read. In a free society, this includes the right to choose what one shall read.

Parents, as the primary educators of their own children, have the responsibility of ensuring that their children learn to read and of guiding them in their selection of reading materials. We recognize that there will be occasions when conscientious parents will find certain books and/or materials inappropriate for their children. We acknowledge the right of parents to restrict materials they deem objectionable, and, in the case of school assignments, to ask for alternate reading for their children, but we believe this right carries with it the obligation to respect the right of other persons to make different choices for their own children and themselves.

The First Amendment and the Definition of Intellectual Freedom

The Library Bill of Rights

Supreme Court Case: Board of Education, Island Trees School District v. Pico

Banned Book Week and Most Challenged Authors

Resources and Related Links