Feature & Giveaway: Banned Books Week
Every year in September the American Library Association highlights the discrimination of books by creating Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the freedom to read!
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.https://bannedbooksweek.org/about/
Many publishers are highlighting the books that have been challenged or banned, but Penguin Random House has taken it one step further and is donating $1 for every banned book purchased from them to American Booksellers Association for Freedom of Expression Fund (up to $20,000).
Banned Books Week 2019 theme proclaims “Censorship Leaves Us in the Dark,” urging everyone to “Keep the Light On.”
The Top Challenged Books of 2018:
It is absolutely no surprise that the most challenged books on the list (more than 50% of the top 11) are about people with different identities, especially those with LGBTQIA+ subject matter.
So my fearless readers, I challenge you to read a book that is outside of your identity, be it a banned book or not. Go forth and read and expand your mind with the experiences of another.
There are of course many many more books than the top 11 that are challenged every year and you can find more at the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom.
To keep the light on the top banned books, we are going to give away one banned book of your choice to one commenter. Last year we gave away The Hate U Give, and the year before it was This One Summer…this year you choose!
Open until 9/30/19 & International as long as the Book Depository ships to you, total prize value up to $20 USD. Just comment below with something meaningful to the conversation, or which banned book you would like to read!
All Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association, www.ala.org
I love Banned Books Week! Every year I get excited to see authors, readers, and fans talk about censorship and highlight controversial literature. Thanks crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com
It always blows my mind when I hear folks talk about how their kids or students aren’t “allowed” to read specific books because they contain xyz, in most cases LGBTQIA+ matters. I raised my sister and told her she can read ANYTHING she wants and I am so proud of her ideals and understanding of the world <3