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Have You Read A Banned Book?

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Finally, it’s that time of year again when we honor censored literature where the rebels of the literary world challenge the prudes hat look down on beloved classics old and new, and share support of the unorthodox or weird  that have been label  unworthy for whatever reason they deem sound. An annual event started in 1982 to highlight  open access to information and appreciate it’s value. Typical held from the last week of Sept. 30 through Oct 6 is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Bookstores, libraries, publishers, teachers etc.. encourage and celebrate individuals freedom to read across our “fair” nation. I first heard about Banned Book Week last year—my blog was relatively new and I was still discovering more of the book community. I credit starting this blog for opening my eyes to the existence to such an important event.  Or else I wouldn’t have known such a thing as banned books are still actively practiced.

We do live in America land of free speech and expression not a communist culture I credit the over protection of parents as their voices of objection gives wings to  political opportunist in need of cause to exploit  and right wing conservation groups to champion. Censorship is a hot button topic especially when talking about shaping young minds. School boards across the nation buckle as more titles are crossed off the required reading lists. In this overly political correct  time we live in where books such as Alice in Wonderland and The Diary of Anne Frank are considered a banned books is robbing kids of not just knowledge but imagination.

Top Ten Challenged books this year a few will make you raise your eye brow. Source

 

  1. ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
    Reasons: offensive language; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  2. The Color of Earth (series), by Kim Dong Hwa
    Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  3. The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins
    Reasons: anti-ethnic; anti-family; insensitivity; offensive language; occult/satanic; violence
  4. My Mom’s Having A Baby! A Kid’s Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy, by Dori Hillestad Butler
    Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
    Reasons: offensive language; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  6. Alice (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
    Reasons: nudity; offensive language; religious viewpoint
  7. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
    Reasons: insensitivity; nudity; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit
  8. What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones
    Reasons: nudity; offensive language; sexually explicit
  9. Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily Von Ziegesar
    Reasons: drugs; offensive language; sexually explicit
  10. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
    Reasons: offensive language; racism.

 

Virtual Read Out its not late to add you video or show support at events . Tomorrow is Oct 6 last day to post a video on YouTube read out page.

 

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But thanks to Banned Books Week readers of all walks of life especially students are introduced to books they may not have heard or wouldn’t normally go looking for on heir own. And reintroduce some old friends we haven’t seen in awhile. I ‘ll never forget the first time I read The Diary of Anne Frank.  And being moved by the plight of this young girl. She was like me with typical concerns until a war took her security away. At the time I read it for English class I remember thinking I would never known this book existed had it not been required reading. That’s what this event embodies keeping present that spark of discovery of something new in a book you never would have read other than if it was introduce to you, and having it leave an impact on you is a bonus.

 

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