So, this is the time of the month when I usually have my Contemporaries to Covet giveaway, but given the fact that it’s Banned Books Week in the U.S. I thought it was a good time to reflect on how fragile our right to choose our own reading material sometimes is.
The American Library Association has put together a wonderful timeline of books that have been banned over the past 30 years.
Some of them really surprise me. The Bridge to Terabithia? Really? I remember reading that when I was a pre-teen and weeping.
But maybe that’s why books are commonly banned. They make us feel something. Rage. Horror. Terror. Passion.
And, given the fact that most of these books are banned from schools and school libraries, it makes me wonder what we expect from our young people. Do we really want to encourage them *not* to think or to feel?
Apparently that’s the case in some schools.
So here’s the deal. I’ll buy one of these banned books (from the ALA timeline) for one person who leaves a comment here. I’ll announce the winner on the last day of Banned Books Week – Saturday, October 6th.
Just leave a comment telling me your thoughts on banned books. Is it ever justifiable to ban certain books/reading materials from libraries? Does it make a difference if it’s a school library? Have you read any of the books on the ALA’s timeline? How did they make you feel? Which of these books would you want me to buy you if you won this contest?
This giveaway is open internationally but has a $15 limit (so, if you choose a book that’s out of print and costs more than $15 used, I’m afraid I’ll have to ask you to choose something else).