BEA'S BOOK NOOK "I can't imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once." C. S. Lewis “If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” ― Oscar Wilde

Saturday, September 25, 2010

A Giveaway in Celebration of Banned Book Week

The American Library Association keeps track of books throughout the US that have been banned or challenged from public libraries and schools. The ALA supports freedom of speech and the right to read and battles censorship. Every year they devote a week to celebrating and promoting banned books. They help organize events and encourage libraries and book stores to have events and/or  displays involving banned books. For more information, click here.

This year Banned Book Week is Saturday September 25th through Saturday October 2nd. The ALA has a page just for BBW. My effort to encourage reading in general and support for all books will be to do giveaways. I have chosen books from the ALA's list of banned and challenged books and each day of BBW,  I will giveaway one of those books. A total of eight books will be given away, one for each day of BBW. To enter, just reply to this post.

I will be ordering the Hbooks from Book Depository so as long as you live in a country where they ship, you can enter this giveaway. Each day I will use to pick the previous day's winner and post their name here on my blog. Once the winner's name is announced, they have 48 hours to contact me with their name, mailing address and the book they want. All books are paperback only. You can enter every day but only win once. If the winner fails to contact me within 48 hours, I will choose a new winner. I am not responsible for any books that are lost or damaged in shipping. Email me at baconnorsATgmailDOTcom with your info and put "BBW Giveaway" in the subject line so your email doesn't get deleted as spam.

LIST OF BOOKS FOR GIVEAWAY:  Paperback editions only

Any book from the Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey

Any book from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Any book from the His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman

Any book from the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer

Any book from the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead

"A Wrinkle in Time" by Madeleine L'Engle

"Beloved" by Toni Morrison

"Blood and Chocolate" by Annette Curtis Klause

"Bridge to Terabithia" by Katherine Paterson

"The Call of the Wild" by Jack London

"The Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger

"The Chocolate War" by Robert Cormier

"The Color Purple" by Alice Walker

"The Diary of a Young Girl" by Anne Frank

"Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley

"Gone With the Wind" by Margaret Mitchell

"Hamlet" by William Shakespeare

"Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain

"I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" by Maya Angelou 

"In the Night Kitchen" by Maurice Sendak

"Julie of the Wolves" by Jean Craighead George

"The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini

"My Sister's Keeper" by Jodi Picoult

"Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck

"Speak" by Laurie Halse Anderson

"To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee


  1. This a great idea, Bea! I've forwarded the link on fb and twitter. :D

  2. Thanks!

    I also ordered, for myself, a tee shirt that says "I read banned books" and then lists some. It's amazing the books that have been banned somewhere at one time or another.

  3. Ok, I see from my inbox that people are getting confused. My apologies if I was not clear in the post.

    You need to leave a reply to this entry to be entered for the giveaway. The only email you need to send is if I announce your name as the winner. I'm sorry for any confusion.

  4. And remember, each day is a new giveaway so you can enter every day if you want.

  5. Thanks for the giveaway Bea. Please enter me.
    ~inspired Kathy

  6. I love this idea. Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. OK, despite the directions in my post on how to enter, there were a handful of people who failed to follow the directions. So, in picking Saturday's winner I did include them but for the rest of the week, if you fail to follow the directions, then YOU WILL NOT BE ENTERED!!!!

    Ok, Saturday's winner is:

    xlacrimax! Congrats :) Send me an email with your mailing addy, what name I should use for you, and what book you want.

    Remember, if I don't hear from you within 48 hours, I draw a new winner.

  8. Great giveaway! I'd love to be entered, thanks!

  9. Please, count me.

    Spred the word:

    Thanks for the giveaway. I´m crossing fingers =)


  10. Count me in, please. :)


  11. What a wonderful idea and a great way to promote the reading of Banned Books!
    Please include me in your giveaway!

    Thank you!
    ~ Amy
    Aimala127 AT gmail DOT com

  12. I think I love you.
    Count me in! :D

  13. count me in for today's giveaway please!:)

  14. I used to have a list of the 100 most banned books and I was going through it and reading all the books. Wish I knew where that list was.

    I've been meaning to read A Wrinkle in Time and haven't yet.

  15. Remember, you can enter every day until you win something.

    A Wrinkle in Time is one of my faves. Oddly, it's been challenged for two opposing reasons: too much religion, and not enough religion. Sigh.

    5 hours left for todays giveaway.

  16. Great stuff! Enter me please. :)

  17. I didn't realize how many books were banned and the titles surprised me, too!! Please enter me in this contest!!

  18. no problem, Bea =]

    but really, you're awesome for giving away books.
    it's hard enough for me to loan my babies, let alone give them away!

  19. Count me in for today <33


  20. this is such a generous and awesome way to support the banned books week!

    count me in for today too :)

    amaterasureads AT gmail DOT com

  21. Awesome idea! Count me in for today please!

  22. Count me in for today please :)


  23. I would like to enter! Thank you! :-) Junebug

  24. I would love to enter your giveaway! I'm a little saddened that I just today learned about BBW.

  25. whateveramber, if it weren't for twitter, I would have completely missed it this year. I have not seen may publicity for it :(

  26. Count me in please!
    Yes if it wasn't for twitter I wouldn't have realised about BBW either.

  27. It is a shame BBW wasn't advertised more!

    I'd love to enter for today, please. :)

  28. Would love to enter. Thanks :-)

  29. Please enter me in today's giveaway. Thanks!


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