We’ve written about Banned Books Week once or twice or seven times here before, but shockingly, people around the country and the world are STILL trying to ban books…so we must write again in favor of everyone having the freedom to read whatever they want.
Stop by our display in the library to see what books the censors are up in arms about this year, and check one out! (Look for the “Danger! Contains ideas” tag.) You also can see a complete bibliography of books that were challenged, restricted, removed, or banned in 2013-2014 [PDF compiled by ALA].
You may notice that a lot of the books that upset people are those assigned in school or written for kids and teenagers. The esteemed, beloved author (and mother) Judy Blume has this to say about that:
“Let children read whatever they want and then talk about it with them. If parents and kids can talk together, we won’t have as much censorship because we won’t have as much fear.” ―Judy Blume
I’m inclined to agree with Ms. Blume. And even if adults aren’t comfortable talking with kids about the subjects raised in books, reading still helps kids; sometimes it even saves lives.
In that vein, here’s one of my all-time favorite images about books:
You can contribute to the library’s Banned Books Week display by telling us what books or authors have meant a lot to you. What books are you grateful you had the chance to read? (Can you imagine if you hadn’t been allowed to read them, because someone, somewhere, thought you shouldn’t?) Write down the authors and/or titles and drop them in the Books Change Lives, Books Save Lives jar.