From September 27-October 3 this year we are celebrating "Banned Books Week"
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I'm so glad that our friends at Grown Up Fangirl alerted me to Banned Books Week this week!
If you were like me and didn't know what Banned Books Week is, here is a little information.
(more information and lists of Banned and Challenged books, visit ALA.org)
From the ALA website:
“Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read…Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community—librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types—in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular…
Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harm of censorship… While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read”
I understand why many people (especially parents) want certain books banned from school reading curriculum, libraries, and other shelves. There are some YA books that I have read as an adult with themes and scenes that I would rather my daughter didn't see until she was closer to 16-18. But those are discussions that will happen in our home later on. (she's only 2 now. haha)
Let book restrictions happen in each individual home, rather than trying to limit opportunities for everyone to read certain books.
Click here to see the top 100 banned books:
Click here to see Banned and Challenged books by year:
Banned Books post on @FoldedPagesDistillery Instagram