What do Judy Blume, Eric Carle, Roald Dahl, Dr. Seuss, Jim Henson, MadeleineL’Engle, Phillip Pullman, J.K. Rowling, Shel Silverstein, and R.L. Stein all have in common? At some point, someone has attempted to ban or burn their books. These particular authors are on the Frequently Challenged children’s book list. Don’t take away my freedom to read.
This week is Banned Books Week and it’s sponsored by the American Library Association to bring awareness to the threat against our freedom to READ! Banned Books Week was founded in 1982 and this year’s theme is “Censorship is a Dead End.” The ALA keeps track of attempts to ban or restrict access to books. Luckily, through the work of Librarians, Teachers, and others who stand up, the majority of the cases result in the book still being available.
I am always offended when someone tries to ban a book. I may not always agree with a book but I don’t try to ban it….I just don’t read it. It’s as simple as that. Let’s continue to make sure everyone has that choice. Read a book and support your Librarians.
There are lots of lists of banned books including Top 100 Banned Classics, Top Banned Books by year, and Top Banned Books by Decade. And, believe it or not, there’s also a list of the 11 Most Challenged and Banned Comic Books.
If you’re thinking of banning a book, then please read So You Want to Ban a Book for steps to follow prior to trying to ban a book.