Banned Book Week 2009

Saturday, September 26, 2009

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:


  1. Oh my gosh, I've read most of those and loved them! I hate that people want to ban books. *shudder*

  2. Right there with ya! I'm re-reading The Handmaid's Tale. In fact, I'm going to post about that one next week. It's unbelievable how many extraordinary books have been challenged.

  3. I can't understand the opposition to any of those books. JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH, seriously? People are crazy.

  4. What a wonderful mother you are.

    All the books on your list are BANNED? I could see why some have objections (not that I ever agree with banning books) but "Bridge to Terabithia?" "Gone with the Wind?"

    For the record, I think the group that thinks Harry Potter is demonic and should be banned are crazy.

  5. Thank you for stopping by, Jessica, Tricia, Natalie & Ashley and agreeing with me. Makes a girl feel special.

  6. Banning books is a BIG NO NO! Who do people think we are anyway? That steams me. I love all these on your list. Especially To Kill a Mockingbird, Gone with the Wind, and Bridge to Terabithia. You go girl! :)