LET FREEDOM READ – September 22-28, 2013
I’m sharing a ton of links in this post, click everywhere!
Starting off with something fun, 12 Signs You’re A Banned Book Reader is from Epic Reads. I hope that everyone is like me and loves to see LISTS about STUFF, and that will help get more hits for this post, which will lead to more serious links about Raising Awareness and What You Can Do To Help!
12 Signs You’re A Banned Book Reader – From Epic Reads
1. You couldn’t care less about pigeons, doves, seagulls, or canaries, but you know it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.
2. You read dystopians before Katniss was even born.
3. You don’t judge people on whether they’re a good witch or a bad witch.
4. You had a nervy spaz and almost duffed up a div for proposing to ban a book, even if it contained nunga-nungas or nuddy-pants. And you know exactly what that sentence means.
5. Speaking of nuddy-pants, sometimes you have dreams where you lose your clothes and you don’t understand the big deal.
6. And somehow, you still manage to sleep through the night to have those dreams, even after looking at this cover.
7. Because you realize that sometimes the most realistic fiction is the scariest (but all the more reason NOT TO BAN IT!).
8. Let’s face it––censorship really gets you down. Good thing books are your CRUTCH.
9. And sometimes you’re so engrossed in reading you leave a light on in the attic.
10. Economics, econometrics. . . it’s all just fancy ways of saying INTERESTING THINGS TO READ.
11. You know that sometimes your greatest friends are only in your life for a short time.
And, Thinking of all my awesome blogger buddies…
12. But mostly you just hang out with a bunch of WILD things!
This last century the top ten most frequently challenged and banned books:
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Ulysses by James Joyce
Beloved by Toni Morrison
The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
1984 by George Orwell
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
Want to get involved in #BannedBooksWeek? Defend books being challenged RIGHT NOW
Project Censored – The news that didn’t make the news
AASL – BANNED WEBSITES AWARENESS
To raise awareness of the overly restrictive blocking of legitimate, educational websites and academically useful social networking tools in schools and school libraries, AASL has designated one day during Banned Books Week as Banned Websites Awareness Day. AASL is asking school librarians and other educators to promote an awareness of how overly restrictive filtering affects student learning.
This is a video from Khaled Hosseini reading a passage from his frequently challenged novel, The Kite Runner. The Kite Runner, was the 6th most frequently challenged novel in 2012 for homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, and being sexually explicit; and the ninth most frequently challenged book of 2008 for offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group –
Four of Stephen King’s books are on the top 100 Most Challenged Books:
#82 The Dead Zone