Friday, September 08, 2006

Banned Books Week Is Coming Up

Here's a poster to support reading banned books. Along with reading a banned book (or a book that others have attempted to ban) maybe you could hang a copy of this in a house window, or in your cubicle at work, or in the staff lounge..... Whatever you decide, let's show the world that we appreciate the freedom to read what we wish, that we will not let our freedoms be stomped on.

More info here:

Just some personal favorites that have been questioned/banned in the past (all can be found at :

*Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
*Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
*The Handmaiden's Tale by Margaret Atwood
*Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
*The Giver by Lois Lowry
*Earth's Children series by Jean M. Auel
*A Day No Pigs would Die by Robert Newton Peck
*The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
*A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
*Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam
*Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
*What's Happening to my Body? Book for Girls: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Daughters by Lynda Madaras
*Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
*A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
*The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney
*Women on Top: How Real Life Has Changed Women's Fantasies by Nancy Friday
*Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo A. Anaya
*Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene
*How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
*The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
*The Terrorist by Caroline Cooney
*The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
*In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
*The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (ok, so I didn't enjoy this one, for my own reasons, but I DID read it)
*The Witches by Roald Dahl (also didn't care for this one, but also read it)
*Lord of the Flies by William Golding (another that I've read but didn't particularly enjoy)
*How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell (just the thought of eatting worms... *gag*)
*Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (read, but found very sad)

Now, All the books (I believe) can be found on this list: Along with MANY more. I encourage EVERYBODY to pick at least one book from the list, and get reading. I have only listed the books, above, that I have myself read, but I'm sure there are loads more fantastic books on that 100-most-frequently challenged list. I need to get ahold of the Aldous Huxley "Brave New World" and any of Toni Morrison's books, and read them. I KNOW they're fantastic, I just haven't gotten around to reading them myself.

So, that is my challenge to anybody who reads this: Do SOMETHING to promote the reading of banned books. Print out that poster & hang it in your living-room window. Read a banned book. Encourage a child you know to read a banned book. Print off a list of banned books & leave it for others to find. Spark the curiousity of somebody else, about a banned book you've read & enjoyed.

Have a Blessed Day.


Jennifer Armstrong said...

It's a great thrill that art from my book, The American Story, is being used on the Banned Books Week poster.

Garnet said...

HORRAY for banned books!!! I'm reading Brave New World next. I, too have read many of the books listed above. Thank you for the links...I'm going to use them!!! :)

Kati said...

Hey Garnet and Jennifer!!!! Thanks for your comments!

Connie Peterson said...

Excuse me? A Wrinkle in Time is banned / questioned???? What is so #$#%%## wrong with THAT? It's one of my favorite books and my youngest daughter gave it to my oldest (10) granddaughter for Christmas! And Tom Sawyer? What is WRONG with this world?

I will go grab a book from the library and read it for you. keep up the good work.

TurtleHeart said...

How To Eat Fried Worms is a *hilarious* book! My 4th grade teacher read it to our class right before lunchtime. It's just recently been released as a kid's movie... haven't gotten to see it yet.

Looking at the banned list reminds me that there are some books out there I've always meant to read... hehehe... guess its time for a trip to the library....