Recognize any of these book titles?
Each of these books was banned or under consideration to be banned in the United States of America.
If you love to read, you already know about the transformative power of books.
You also know how to take a book from a store shelf, skim the first few pages, and put it back as you say to yourself, “No, that book’s not for me.”
And yet there are people in this world who want to take that experience away; people who want to substitute their own judgment for yours, and tell you what you can and should read.
The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom tracks challenged and banned books, and has some interesting statistics and graphics on the topic, which you can view on their website.
You can also visit BannedBooksWeek.org to see a schedule of events and read-alongs being held this week.
Banned Books Week may seem like an obscure cause to celebrate, but for me it’s an important one. Among other things, it serves as a reminder to me to support authors who have been challenged—and sometimes vilified—for writing the stories that were in their hearts.
I hope you’ll join me and tune in to Banned Books Week, and celebrate your right to read the books you love.