Every year around this time we get really excited for Banned Books Week. Not because we are excited about book banning, but because we love that there is a special week set aside to celebrate the freedom to read! Plus, the list put out by the ALA each year of frequently challenged books is a great way to find some of the best YA books out there! Several of our favorite books make the list each year, so the week also serves as a reminder to us that we need to work extra hard to make sure that access to these amazing books is not denied to readers.
Check out the ALA’s list of Books Challenged or Banned in 2009-2010 featuring super cute robots!
We decided to stretch out our celebration this year by celebrating Banned Books Month! This month we will be reading and reviewing books that have been frequently challenged or banned over the years. Reviews will be posted on our blog and linked below in the Mister Linky Widget.
Giveaway!: If you read and review a book which is on one of the ALA’s frequently challenged lists (or that you know has been recently challenged), feel free to share the link to your review below (please include the book name and your blog name in the “Your name” field). We also encourage reviewers to include information about the book’s challenge/banning either in your review or in the comments section. At the end of the month, we will choose one reviewer at random to win a prize – an “I read banned books” tote bag filled with a selection of challenged books and other Banned Books Week goodies (for non US entrants, we can only offer the tote and goodies – sorry!).*
Updated 10/11/10: Giveaway is closed. Winner has been chosen. Feel free to continue sharing and reading reviews!
Over at Steph Su Reads there is a Banned Books Reading challenge which fits nice and cozy with this one! She also has included a great list of resources re: challenged books. Check it out! We plan to participate by reading/reviewing at minimum 1 book per week during the challenge (likely more!).
p.s. Banned Books Week is from September 25th-October 2nd this year! What will you be doing to celebrate?
*We will not be eligible to win, but our guest reviewers will. We will use a random number generator to pick the winner.