Yesterday started Banned Books Week. It’s still hard for me to believe that today, in 2018, we’re still fighting for our right to read and for authors not to be silenced.
As I was thinking about this post to kick off Banned Books Week two recent hooplas came to mind.
- When Donald Trump filed suit to have Fire and Fury banned because it didn’t show him in a positive light
- The banning of To Kill a Mockingbird and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn because of racial slurs
Maybe I’m being hyper sensitive because my parents didn’t censor my reading, but I find it an affront to my intelligence and I hate, absolutely hate, when my ability to make a simple decision, like whether to read something or not is taken away from me. Let me be the judge of what’s good for me to read.😡
What Do You Think About Banning Books?
Do You Think Books Should Be Banned/Challenged?
Are There Any Books That Should Be Banned/Challenged?
This year’s Banned Books Week theme is: 👇👇
The Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) puts out a Top Ten List every year of the most frequently challenged books and it never ceases to amaze me the reasons behind the challenges.
Fun Fact: According to the OIF there may be as many 10,766 challenges every year. WTF?!
Here is an infographic from the American Library Association of The Top Ten books that were banned or challenged in 2017 and their reasons.
Fun Fact: On the OIF’s 2015 Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books, nine contained diverse content – people of color, LGBT people and/or people with disabilities.
Hmm, I wonder why? 🤔 Don’t marginalized readers deserve to see themselves represented in books too? Don’t we all deserve to see ourselves represented in books? What’s wrong with having a POC or and LGBTQ+ or disabled main character?
Every year I try to read a book or two for Banned Books Week and this year I’m being pretty aggressive. I was a little surprised that the only book I’d read was The Hate U Give and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. I’ve had And Tango Makes Three, The Kite Runner and To Kill a Mockingbird on my list for a few yeas.
I went to the library and checked out the following picture books because I had to see what the problem is.
This post is brought to you as part of the 2018 Discussion Challenge.