Banned Book Week – September 22-28, 2013
What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist. Salman Rushdie
If there’s one American belief I hold above all others, it’s that those who would set themselves up in judgment on matters of what is “right” and what is “best” should be given no rest; that they should have to defend their behavior most stringently.
Although there are those who wish to ban my books because I have used language that is painful, I have chosen to use the language that was spoken during the period, for I refuse to whitewash history. The language was painful and life was painful for many African Americans, including my family. I remember the pain. Mildred D. Taylor, The Land
I wonder if those who ban books read those books. I wonder if those who ban books understand that banning a book just makes it that more desirable. I wonder why anyone would think they are the ones who should decide what we read and what we should not read. Sometimes I just wonder.
This week is Banned Book Week. It’s a great topic to discuss with your students, your colleagues, your friends, and your family of readers. If you are wondering what to read next, check out the list of banned books for 2013. Check with your librarian for additional lists of banned books and probably lots of engaging activities that focus on banned books, censorship, and freedom. Check out the ALA Store for products that call attention to banned books.
Ponder why any book might be censored or banned and to what purpose.
American Library Association
American Library Association Store
Banned Books Online
Phillips Library-Aurora University
American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression