September 25 - October 2 is Banned Books Week.Yes, we're celebrating banned books! Of course we aren't celebrating the fact that books are banned, but we are celebrating our first amendment right and our freedom to read. Plus, Banned Books Week is a great way to highlight the ways that censorship is damaging and narrow-minded.
Unfortunately books are challenged and banned ever year. Sometimes those books are removed from the shelves, and ultimately denying anyone the chance to read them. Challenging a book and banning a book are not the same. When someone challenges a book, it's an attempt to remove the title, when the book is actually banned the title is removed. Here's is what the ALA has to say about the difference:
A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others. Due to the commitment of librarians, teachers, parents, students and other concerned citizens, most challenges are unsuccessful and most materials are retained in the school curriculum or library collection.
I never read a book with the materials 'sexually explicit' or contain 'offensive language.' but not going to ban Harry Potter :( because I love J.K.Rowling's ideas *except the Dubldor thing & I'll just ignore it*
P.S. ALA are way going crazy cos some of these books are amazing; they need to tell the children it's fiction but also have other greater meanings such as friendship, bravery and much more.
Not just ban it cos the children's minds are growing faster & they will want it more if you ban it more...
I am proud to support Banned books and never want them to be banned.
I am proud to read;1. House of Night series by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast2. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee4. The Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead5. The Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer6. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman7. Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult8. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold9. The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling