“Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community–librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types–in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.”
– ALA website (read more)
The blog hop runs from September 28th to October 6th. Winners will be announced on October 7th or 8th.
About Banned Books
I’m sure we’re all familiar with books being banned or challenged by certain groups for their themes and content. I believe in freedom for writers to write whatever they want and for readers to read whatever they want, but I also believe that we should also be responsible about everything, especially when it comes to the young ones. We should be responsible for what we put in kids’ or school libraries. Parents should be aware of what their kids are reading. Not all books are appropriate for everyone or for certain ages and I think it’s important to be able to discern for yourself or for your kids. I also think readers have a responsibility to think for themselves and not believe everything or get easily swayed by what they read.
What are your thoughts on banned or challenged books?
Want to read more about Banned Books Week? Check out these interesting links, especially the list of banned or challenged classics. Seeing that list has actually made me more interested in reading most, if not all, of them. ;)
- About Banned Books Week
- Frequently challenged books of the 21st century
- Banned and Challenged Classics
I’m giving away $10 in banned or challenged books from The Book Depository (open world wide as long as TBD ships to your country). For book ideas should you win, you can check out the lists above for frequently challenged books or banned and challenged classics! No worries if the book you want is not on the lists. ;)
Visit the other participating blogs!