Monday, September 28, 2009

Read Banned Books! It's Banned Books Week September 26-October 3...

The American Library Association Banned Books Week is going on now. Here's a bit from their blog about this week dedicated to "celebrating the freedom to read":

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.

Click here for an Amazon list of banned books for young readers. (And if you stop by my house this evening you can enjoy a read-aloud of Captain Underpants which will never be banned in my house. Then maybe you can explain to me why people have a problem with a little poo humor.)


MahoneyMusings said...

Wow. About 10 of my favourite childhood books are on that list.

Captain Underpants books are THE BEST. Our son struggled with reading for the longest time. It wasn't because he couldn't do it, he just had no interest in it. And then we discovered Captain Underpants. Our son went from not being able to read a simple sentence without asking for help to reading chapter books in a two week time span. He was finally motivated to read.

Dav Pilkey is MY hero.

Nina Crittenden said...

I love Captain Underpants, too! So many great books on the "banned" list.... I just don't get it.
This is a fun blog! Thanks for CWIM- it is a lifesaver!!!

Livia said...

I wonder what percentage of banned books see an increase in sales as a result of the publicity.

Bathroom humor is awesome :-)

Onno Knuvers said...

A lot of surprising books on the banned list, I didn't realise America was such a dictatorship. So much for free speech and freedom, anyway these are all pretty much available if you live in New Zealand