Celebrate Your 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.
Here at Page Turners, we believe in thinking for yourself. It’s not that we are opposed to censorship; we believe it should be up to the parent to decide what is appropriate for their child. It’s not that hard really, I did it just this past week; I finished Mockingjay and told my 11 yr old she had to stop reading it, because I thought it was too graphic for her. She can finish it in a few years. We discussed what happened, and why I didn’t want her to read it. I didn’t need a politician, school personnel, or another parent telling me how to parent my child.
It’s a shame really that this kind of stuff is still going on- and it is- recently author Ellen Hopkins
was uninvited to a Teen Lit Festival because someone opposed her books. Let’s hope there isn’t a child in Humble ISD dealing with drug abuse or incest, because the author whose voice could have helped them was just silenced in that district- thanks to a man who has never read the books.
I put together a little movie montage on some banned/opposed books and the reasoning behind them….
We are also giving away a signed copy of one of Ellen Hopkins books.
- tweet/facebook your favorite banned/challenged book with the hashtag #Free2Read @Pageturnersblog
- leave us a comment with your url
- all regular contest rules apply
- contest ends Sept. 25th