This week is banned book week. I try to talk about this topic every year, because I think it’s important to think about how lucky we are to have the opportunity to exchange ideas and read what we choose. And to remember there are places on this planet where these books can not be read.
It’s important to remember that this is not something that is only happening in other parts of the world, or something that happened decades ago. According to ILA.org several books were challenged and banned in libraries all across the country, this year.
(According to ILA.org)
Fifty Shades of Grey, E.L. James, was pulled from the shelves of the Brevard County, Fla. public library, but later returned after a public outcry. The same thing happened to Stephen King’s Different Seasons in Rocklin, Calif. High School library. In Troy, PA, The Kite Runner by Kahled Hosseini was threatened to be removed from the tenth grade honors reading list. In Chicago, IL, Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi was removed from all public schools. Most surprising, just last year Romeo and Jullet (ann easy-to-read version of the classic) had parents in Liberty, SC, in an uproar.
One of my favorite authors and one of my all-time favorite books are on this above list. At the end of the day, I’ll share the author and the book, if you would tell me if you’ve read any of the books from the banned book list.