When banned books come to mind, it’s easy to imagine bonfires full of burning pages (it gives me nightmares and full-on heebie jeeebies just thinking about such a thing!). Banned books would seem to be the stuff of darker days and drearier times — but banned books are not a thing of the past.
Every year, kids go to school or the library and bring back books that make some parents raise their eyebrows and scoff.
All that kissing/drinking/partying.
It’s sad, but in schools and counties around the United States, some of our most beloved books continue to be pulled from the shelves. This week the American Library Association draws attention to the threatened and endangered with their annual Banned Books Week. Banned Books Week starts Sunday, Sept. 21, celebrating the freedom to read by celebrating books that have, for one reason or another, been banned or challenged over the years.
As a book lover, it makes me sad to know that people are still trying to challenge books in these ways. Whether you agree with the content in a particular book or not, I whole-heartedly believe that you don’t have the right to tell other people what they can or cannot read. I think that having an open dialogue about what things people are worried about/disagree with actually gets you further than simply taking the book off of the table, or shelves in this case. A lot of books if not most have some inherent value, some message to be learned, some way that is reaches the reader. Books take on a different meaning and hold a different value to everyone, and it would be a such a shame to deny anyone of the enjoyment and opportunity that these stories and characters bring.
To celebrate and honor Banned Books Week, I scoured some of my favorite banned books and pulled out some of their most powerful quotes. Take a look and see what you would have missed if these books were banned in your community. Also, let’s get that open dialogue rolling. Leave a comment and share your thoughts about banned books. Do you think that there should be some kind of protocol dictating which books can or cannot be shelved in libraries/schools? What are some of your favorite banned books?
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