September 24, 2018 by TinyNavajo
Whoo! Guess what guys?! This week is one my favorites of the year, especially as I work at a library. It’s officially Banned Book Week, which runs from September 23-29 this year.
I had actually created a Banned Book Week display for my library, complete with all of your favorite banned books, from Brave New World to Harry Potter, The Giver to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and many more. I meant to grab a photo of it before I left work on Friday, but I forgot. I will get it today and place it up today in an update to this post.
Banned Book Week has always been an interesting concept for me, especially as the idea of banning books for the silliest of reasons has astonished me. Some of my favorite books, Eleanor & Park, any of the Harry Potter series, Saga series, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower are both my display and on some of the most banned books lists. These books were banned for some of the silliest and ridiculous reasons as well. REasons include sexually explicit, poorly written, unsuited for age group, homosexuality, graphic images, and many other things.
Yes, these are legitimate concerns and reasons to not have your specific child read a book. But these concerns do not give someone, or a bunch of someones, the right to deprive everyone else’s right to read that book. When you police someone’s else right to read, you are infringing on their First Amendment rights.
So, the only thing I can say about Banned Book Week, other than what I’ve already said, is this: Maybe read through some of these banned books and see what they are actually about. You just may find your next big read.
What are some of your favorite books on banned books lists? Why did you read them? Comment below and let me know!