Banned Books Week
It is time for that annual American anti-censorship celebration known as Banned Books Week. Hosted by the American Library Association, 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."
To Kill a Mockingbird, Huckleberry Finn, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Of Mice and Men, James and the Giant Peach, Blubber, The Bermudez Triangle, The Golden Compass - what do these books have in common? They've all be challenged and in some instances banned. September 27-October 4 2008 the American Library Association is recognizing Banned Books Week. Celebrate your freedom to read.
Once upon a time there was a little girl who lived in the country with her family. Her siblings were all older than her and there were no other children her age in the neighbourhood. But there were lots of books in the house and while the pictures were fun she really wanted to know what the words were. So she begged and begged until her family broke down and taught her how to read at the tender age of four. A lifetime love of books and reading was born.
I love banned books. Really I do. Banned and challenged books tend to be some really great books. I mean Huckleberry Finn, Of Mice and Men, and To Kill a Mockingbird - people have tried to ban these books. And every fall I'm reminded of this thanks to Banned Book Week (BBW).