Hey guys. I am very excited to be participating in the Banned Books Week Hop, running from September 24th through October 1st. The hop is hosted by I Read Banned Books and I Am A Reader, Not A Writer.
Some info on Banned books Week from the ALA:
Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.
Intellectual freedom—the freedom to access information and express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopular—provides the foundation for Banned Books Week. BBW stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints for all who wish to read and access them.
The books featured during Banned Books Week have been targets of attempted bannings. Fortunately, while some books were banned or restricted, in a majority of cases the books were not banned, all thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, booksellers, and members of the community to retain the books in the library collections. Imagine how many more books might be challenged—and possibly banned or restricted—if librarians, teachers, and booksellers across the country did not use Banned Books Week each year to teach the importance of our First Amendment rights and the power of literature, and to draw attention to the danger that exists when restraints are imposed on the availability of information in a free society.
I am offering ONE winner a $10 giftcard to the bookstore of his or her choice (book depository, B&N, books a million, amazon, etc) to buy a banned or challenged book.
Need some ideas of awesome banned or challenged books? Here are some of my favorites:
- The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
- The Giver - Lois Lowry
- Gone with the wind - Margaret Mitchell
- Harry Potter - J.K. Rowling
- Speak - Laurie Halse Anderson
- Twenty Boy Summer - Sarah Ockler
- Matilda - Ronald Dahl
- Crank - Ellen Hopkin
Leave a comment with
- your name
- email address
- name of your favorite creepy or scary book
If you choose to follow me, that's awesome (I love making new bookish friends!), but it is NOT required! This is about sharing information about banned books!
Now, hop on over to the other blogs participating.