“Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.”
It hard for me to imagine why anyone would want to ban a book. To me books equal freedom and with censorship, we cannot be completely free. In case you were wondering, LGBTQ content, racism, and religious viewpoints are just a few of the reasons that books get banned.
Books usually are challenged with the best intentions—to protect others, most often children, from difficult ideas and information. Different types of people and groups of all beliefs, for all sorts of reasons. These people have attempted (and continue to attempt) to squash anything that conflicts with or anyone who does not agree with their beliefs.
I am an avid reader and am raising three readers of my own. So, today I’m sharing quotes from my favorite banned or often challenged books. These books I’ve either read as an adult or child or my own children have read them.
Did you know that these books are banned and/or often challenged? I was surprised by some of them. Let me know your favorite banned books in the comments.