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Banned Books Week – 30 Years of Liberating Literature

October 4, 2012

We’re nearing the end of Banned Books Week, but it’s never too late to speak up for the freedom and right to read. So get on the “banned” wagon while there’s still time.

I’ve included a few websites I found to be useful and informative.

Timeline: 30 Years of Liberating Literature

Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out!

Banned and/or Challenged Books from the Radcliffe Publishing Course Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century

Frequently challenged Books of the 21st Century

A Family that Reads and Reviews Together

Judith Krug Fought Ban on Books

Banned Books Boards on Pinterest

Reading for Sanity:  A Book Review Blog:  Banned Books Week 2012

17 Banned Books You Read As A Child (or may have)

Pictured are some children’s books that stand proudly in our library that have been banned or challenged. The reasons run the gamut, including nudity, profanity, sexual situations, inappropriate, frightening, animals that use human language, racially offensive, unruly behavior, magic and witchcraft, lewd and twisted, violent, and sexually explicit language.

Celebrate Banned Books Week and the freedom and right to read. Read a banned/challenged book today!


September 27, 2011

“Books won’t stay banned. They won’t burn. Ideas won’t go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only weapon against bad ideas is better ideas.”  ─Alfred Whitney Griswold, New York Times, 24 February 1959

From board books to YA books, I love children’s books. It’s a wonderful thing to be able to go to a library and find that one special book I’m dying to read – unless it’s been pulled from the shelf because someone has deemed it inappropriate. So when Banned Books Week comes along, I’m on the band wagon to stop that from happening!

According the American Library Association there are four reasons people challenge books:  Family Values, Religion, Political Views, and Minority Rights. We are all guaranteed the freedom to express ourselves by rights of the First Amendment. If someone doesn’t like a book for a certain reason, that’s fine, but, please, don’t push your views on others. Everyone has the right to make their own decisions.

An author puts heart and soul into a book. Words are chosen carefully. The author sees something special in the subject matter, and that’s why it’s written. There may be some people who see the subject matter and word choice as inappropriate, but that doesn’t make it wrong. Consider this. Books that are unsettling are ripe for teachable moments. If you don’t agree with the content, use these books to teach tolerance, to teach good choices, to teach acceptable behavior, and to inform children about different lifestyles. Never hide the truth.    

Here are just a few reasons some books have been banned – racial slurs, immoral behavior, profanity, sexuality, alcohol use, and witchcraft. For some people, these appear to be good reasons to challenge a book or ban a book, but the reasons listed below boggle my mind.

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen:  Descriptions of injuries are to vivid (Ah, to be able to do that as a writer.)

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh:  Deceit and back talk (Don’t all kids do that at some time or another?)

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig:  Illustrations shows police as pigs (So?)

Just So Stories: “The Elephant’s Child:” Too violent (Smack me! This is a great read-aloud story. Kids love it!)

Little Red riding Hood retold and illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman:  Cover illustration shows wine in Red’s basket (I’ll take a sip!)

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak:  Bad behavior and nightmares (Isn’t that a part of growing up?)

Of course, there are many more books that have been challenged or banned for reasons I consider inane. This is Banned Books Week. Celebrate the freedom to read the books of your choice.  

“Every burned book or house enlightens the world; every suppressed or expunged word reverberates through the earth from side to side.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

Celebrate the Right to Read

September 23, 2011

I read banned books.

Banned Books Week

September 24 – October 1

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