Grapevine-Colleyville ISD postpones book fairs to review books ahead of time

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Grapevine-Colleyville ISD postponed book fairs this week because a seller could not provide a complete list of books that would be available.

The district said in a prepared statement Friday that it had asked to review the book listing 14 days in advance, but the seller did not assure it could comply.

The book fairs were due to start later this month.

At book fairs in the spring, some books were “mismarketed by the seller,” the district said in a statement. For example, an adult bestseller was placed on a college case.

Some parents have told the district that their children have purchased books that the parents consider to be inappropriate for their age, district spokeswoman Nicole Lyons said.

As a precautionary measure, the remaining book fairs from last year have been cancelled.

“We believe the book fair is a positive experience for students and we will continue to work to ensure we have book fairs on our campuses,” the district said.

The postponement comes the same week that Keller ISD released 41 books that were challenged by parents or community members last year — though many titles have already passed a review process.

Books included The Bibleby Toni Morrison The bluest eye and a graphic novel adaptation of Anne Frank’s Diary. Many titles also told stories of LGBT and black characters.

Keller school administrators have adopted a new policy that requires every book that has been previously challenged to be reconsidered.

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