In case you didn’t know, this week is Banned Books Week!
The theme of this year’s Banned Books Week is: “Censorship is a dead end. Find your freedom to read!“
I can’t think of a better theme. Usually the focus of Banned Books Week is on books that have been banned and why people find them problematic. The graphics tend to be library “prisons” with books chained up and the like, which is frankly a little intense.
While I think it’s important to talk about why certain books were banned and the history of this practice, I really appreciate the positive take on this year’s theme about the freedom to read.
“Books can help young people and readers of all ages explore worlds, lives, and experiences beyond their own,” says Nora Pelizzari, director of communications for the National Coalition Against Censorship. “This exploration is crucial in learning to think critically and independently and to navigate ourselves through life. Limiting access to ideas hurts everyone, and particularly students. Banned Books Week gives us a chance to champion the diverse ideas books let us explore.”-from https://bannedbooksweek.org
You can find the list of the top ten most challenged books of 2019 here. Have you read any of them? I have, and quite a few are currently on my TBR list!
Happy Banned Books Week!