Banned Books Week

Break out the confetti. Pop some champagne. Why? Well, because it’s Banned Books Week.

Every year, the American Library Association celebrates the Freedom to Read with Banned Books Week. From the ALA website:

“Banned Books Week (BBW) celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them.”

Given the current political climate of the country, I think it’s important for us to remember that there are certain freedoms that we cannot compromise. I know that times are difficult and people are scared (I certainly am), but we cannot turn our backs on the ideals which make this country great. If we do, they win.

Take a look at the top ten books that were challenged in 2005, and decide for yourself how threatening these books are. Or better yet, run to your local library or bookstore and pick one up.

2 Responses to “Banned Books Week”

  1. Kim

    Crazy, isn’t it? My 8 year old just discovered Captain Underpants. We had a nice talk about banned books today. She couldn’t imagine why anyone would want to challenge the Captain. This particular series is perfect for her (she doesn’t especially enjoy reading) and she thinks the Captain Underpants books are hilarious.

  2. Miss P

    I cannot believe that Forever, by Judy Blume is still among books challenged. Geez, that book is soooo tame by today’s standards. And uh, how come none of the Gossip Girls books are on there? Those books could curl your toes.