Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Banned Books Week

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 Cast
2. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
4. The Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead
5. The Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer
6. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
7. Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
8. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
9. The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
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  1. There are definitely books on the Banned list I don't really agree with and would never want to read, but my feeling is, just don't read them! Having them banned is ridiculous! I am a proud reader of The Harry Potter Books, Anne Frank, Night by Elie Wiesel, To Kill a Mockingbird and even the Goosebumps series from when I was a kid!

    I fully support Banned Books Week!

  2. I adore Harry Potter series but I don't read things with scenes sexulity or homosexual ideas...


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