Monday, October 1, 2012

It's Banned Books Week!

Yes, there is a week for that! Why? Because throughout the world, people want to be able to decide what other people are allowed to read, and we (oh, and the American Library Association) say, NO WAY!

Hundreds of books are either removed from or challenged at school and public libraries every year. You would be amazed by what's on the list--more than half of it looks like the required reading list for your AP English class! The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The House on Mango Street, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Scarlet Letter, Gone with the Wind...see what we mean?

More recent books include The Book Thief, The Hunger Games, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, the Gossip Girl series, Twilight, Bless Me, Ultima, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and The Chocolate War. Oh, and Harry Potter. That's right, Harry Potter.

What can YOU do about this? Simple: Read one. Want to see a list? Go HERE. (Be sure you click on the other links on this page if you want to see banned classics, frequently challenged books, or whatever.

You could also borrow this artwork and put it up on your Facebook page this week in solidarity!
Happy reading...

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