It's here again! From September 26 to October 3rd, The American Library Association is hosting yet another year of Banned Book Week to "celebrate the freedom to read." Being a librarian AND a writer, I feel this is a very important event. Without books--all variety of books--I just don't know what I'd do with my day, or what I'd read to my baby every night, hoping to get him or her used to the sound of my voice.
For example, I've been reading The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum aloud to the baby . But next, I'd like to start on James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl, which happens to be on the list of most-commonly challenged books in the United States. And if not for BBW to help support challenged books, fun pieces of fiction like these might become banned.
So, support Banned Book Week, and read a challenged Book. Here's a list of my favorites if you don't know where to start:
Harry Potter (series)