Why I Love Banned Books Week
September 27, 2011
It’s Banned Books Week! Hooray! That thrilling time of year when we bookworms get to feel like total bad-asses for doing something that’s often perceived as dweeby. Thank you, anti-First-Amendment folk, for making my daily nerdy habit feel truly transgressive—and for reminding me of how much I love our Bill of Rights.
Now, don’t get me wrong; as a parent, there are countless titles that I find inappropriate for my son (such as violent superhero comics, for example). So, yes, I engage in plenty of my own selective book banning—IN MY OWN HOME. Not at the school. Not at the library. Not in anyone else’s house. I’m keeping my hands off other people’s books; you keep your hands off of mine and my family’s.
Fortunately, there are lots of great links to explore on this topic:
The Official Banned Books Week site
Banned and Challenged Classics
The First Amendment
Plus our great Parenting.com reading lists:
Books for Modern Families
The Best Books to Read With Your Kids (Warning: there are more than a few banned books and authors on here! Including Roald Dahl, Shel Silverstein, and Eric Carle. Unbelievable.)
25 Must-Have Books
And a tip of the cap to our Oregon Mom Congress delegate, and her great post on the topic with “6 Things You Can Do; 7 Lists You Can Read”.
What's your favorite banned book?