Monday, October 1, 2012

Banned Books Week

September 30th through October 6th is banned books week. This is a cause that is near and dear to my heart. The banning of books has gone on for as long as there have been people to complain about books and Banned Books Week seeks to highlight books that are in the process of being challenged or banned and support the authors. Banned books week "stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them" (Visit the Banned Books Week website to learn more)

What Is A Challenged Book?
  • A challenged book is a book that a person or group is attempting to remove from 
the libraries or schools because of objections to the book’s content.

What Is A Banned Book?
  • A banned book has been successfully removed from library shelves or school classrooms.

Classics That Were Banned
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Now imagine what your life would be like without having access to these literary classics, that is what banned books week is trying to stop!

Commonly Challenged YA/Childrens Books in the US
  • Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
  • Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause
  • Blubber by Judy Bloom
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
  • The Witches by Roald Dahl
For more banned books feel check out wikipedia they have a huge list here .

In honor of banned books week and to show my support I will be reading The Giver by Lois Lowry one of the most commonly challenged books. If you would like to join me in celebrating banned books week, grab a banned book and start reading it is that simple!

1 comment:

  1. I think this is a great idea, I wish people would stop trying to ban these books!