Thanks so much to Kathy at I Am A Reader, Not a Writer and Jen of I Read Banned Books for hosting this blog hop.
My co-bloggers Thuy (RNSL Nite Lite) and Kimberly (The Windy Pages) and I all agree -- book banning is the pits! While we understand and respect parents' concerns about what their kids encounter in their lives, we believe in everyone's "freadom" to read and enjoy whatever they want.
Speaking for just myself (my co-bloggers will chime in throughout the week) reading about "objectionable" things doesn't necessarily mean the reader becomes a bad person. There's a lot of nature and nurture that shapes a person's thoughts and actions, so I think laying the blame on "bad" books is a poor job of scapegoating. I believe reading expands the mind and helps to show us perspectives about our crazy world that we might not have discovered on our own. I also believe that reading is a safe way to help people form a mental scale for right vs. wrong and good vs. evil without putting themselves in the peril that books' heroes and heroines often find themselves facing. Most of all, I believe in the reader's right to choose what to read and what not to read--and that with some guidance, kids can learn to make the reading choices that are best for themselves.
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To celebrate Banned Books Week, we will be posting themed reviews and articles throughout the week and giving away a banned juvenile book to a lucky reader in the US or Canada! See the Rafflecopter widget below for the details. Please DO NOT leave personal info in the comments section--the Rafflecopter widget will collect your contact info so we can tell you if you have won.
The winner gets to choose their book prize (within the guidelines stated below) and will be notified by email through Rafflecopter. Our sister-site Nite Lite will be doing the same (but you can win an adult book instead).
Here are some banned book reading suggestions from the RNSL team. Clicking on the book cover will take you to the Goodreads page for each book.
The Marbury Lens
by Andrew Smith
by Laurie Halse Anderson
by Lois Lowry
Twenty Boy Summer
by Sarah Ockler
by Natasha Friend
The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins
- The Banned Books Week website (bannedbooksweek.org)
- A list for Banned Books for Teens from Skokie Public Library
- A recent USA Today article on Book Banning
Don't forget to visit the other blogs on this blog hop!