"Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States." -- ALA website: Banned Books Week
*steps on soap-box* Whatever side you take on the Banned Book Debt, it still has an effect on every single one of us. I believe that everyone has the right to choose what they want to read (or watch or listen to or believe in). If they are children or teens, then it should between themselves and their parents. If they are adults, then they should be allowed the choice. If you don't like something, then don't read it. There are several banned or challenged or regular books that I have no interest in reading or didn't like when I did read them. They just aren't "my cup of tea". But my opinion should not prevent others from reading it and making their own choice about it. Of course, I do think that content vs. age appropriatness should be highly considered when choosing what books to teach in schools. Something that is "right" for the average ninth grader is different from your average third grader...and even every "average" ninth grader is different from another. But some kids mature faster than others, so every case should be treated as an individual. *steps down* Alrighty then, "serious" May-Day is done for the day...
If you would like more information about BBW, then check out the ALA website (link above) or the Banned Books Week official website. You can also join in the celebration of the freedom to read by checking out some of the "Banned Books Week Blog Hop" stops: Bookish, Esther's Ever After, Imaginary Reads, I am a Reader, Not a Writer, & I Read Banned Books
And now that I have said my opinion of the matter, here are two humorous videos presented by the Girls in the Stacks. They share with you some options to do when people tell you that you shouldn't be reading something, and a poem showing the effects of banning books has on one "little girl". These are meant to be entertaining as well as insightful and a bit educational.
Are you reading any banned/challenged books this week? What's one (or more) of your favorite banned/challenged books? Have you been surprised to find certain books on the banned/challenged lists?