Date Approved

5-15-2008

Embargo Period

3-20-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School and Public Librarianship

Department

Special Educational Services/Instruction

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Shontz, Marilyn

Subject(s)

Children's literature; School libraries--Book selection

Disciplines

Library and Information Science

Abstract

Judy Blume has been a target of censors since she started writing novels in the 1970s. Her books have been removed from shelves in school media centers all over the country by either the school board, or even the media specialist. Many studies have been done in the past about censorship and Judy Blume's books were always a popular target.

A survey was sent out to 53 middle and high school media centers in Morris County, New Jersey. Survey Monkey.com was used to create the questionnaire and interpret the results. An email message was created and a link to the online survey was placed in the message and sent out to the media specialists. Out of the 53 schools, 13 responded to the questionnaire. The results from this survey showed there is very little, if any censorship of Judy Blume books in these libraries.

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