It's that time again, when the American Library Association and other national organizaitons focus on books that have been banned or challenged in the US. The challenges may occur at a store, a library or a school. Sometimes a book will be 'allowed' but only hidden behind a counter. Now, books can be revolutionary, it's true. Reading does broaden the mind and offer new perspectives. Books can teach you, inspire dreams, and give hope. But to hide them? To deny other people the chance to read it simply because you don't like it or you disagree with it? Why? Why should your tastes determine what I read, what I learn? Why should your beliefs take precedence over mine? Don't like it? Don't read it. Don't want your child to read it? Why? Have YOU taken the time to read it? Why not read it with your child? Be there to discuss the book and offer your thoughts on it. Maybe there's a book on a similar theme that you prefer; offer that to your child in conjunction with the other book.
Censorship is slippery. There are books that I passionately disagree with and would rather not see for sale or available to read but where do we draw the line? Whose taste and judgement take precedence? Think for yourself, make an informed judgement, and let others do the same.
For more information about banned books and banned books week, check out this site and this site. To see lists of books that have been challenged or banned, go here.
I'm giving away a $10 Amazon gift card so you can purchase your own challenged or banned book. Open to anyone who can receive and use an Amazon gift card. No purchase necessary. VOID where prohibited. Giveaway ends October 1st, 2016 and is open to all who can legally enter.