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Sunday, September 30, 2007

It's Banned Book Week!

     So shake things up and go read something you're not supposed to!
     Banned book week is hosted by the ALA (the American Library Association) every year and this year from September 29th through October 6th. You can learn more about it at their website or click on the icon.
     At the ALA website you can learn why books get challenged, by who, what books are banned, and what you can do to fight censorship in your libraries.
     What books have been banned? You'd be surprised. You've probably heard of Harry Potter being banned for witchcraft, but did you know last year's Newbery winner, The Higher Power of Lucky, was banned in many places because a snake bit a dog on his "scrotum"? Or how about A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeline L'Engle, for witchcraft? Even classics like The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger and Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson have been challenged or banned.
     There are so many amazing titles that shake people up and get them thinking. That's the point after all – to get readers to think. That's how we all become better citizens and keep America free. So, go read!



Elizabeth Metz said...

Thanks for this post, Elizabeth. I'd previously decided to read something off the "frequently banned" list during this week and was surprised to find how many of them I've already read. But your post was a good reminder-- I just ordered Huck Finn from the library.

And a hearty amen to everything you wrote here!!

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