In honor of Banned Book Week, I did my HelloGiggles piece on reading contraband. It went up a few days earlier than normal so if you were looking for it today, here’s the link!
I want this for a bumper sticker.
This map is drawn from cases documented by the American Library Association and the Kids’ Right to Read Project, a collaboration of the National Coalition Against Censorship and the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression.
Happy Banned Books Week!
God I love seeing Harry Potter in this pile. #rebel
Hide yo sons, hide yo daughters.
This penguin has two daddies.
Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, the #2 most frequently challenged book of 2010
Book kissing is most likely a gateway drug.
Sherman Alexie on YA books, in response to Meghan Cox Gurdon’s drivel in “Darkness Too Visible”:
Teenagers read millions of books every year. They read for entertainment and for education. They read because of school assignments and pop culture fads.
And there are millions of teens who read because they are sad and lonely and enraged. They read because they live in an often-terrible world. They read because they believe, despite the callow protestations of certain adults, that books-especially the dark and dangerous ones-will save them.
As a child, I read because books–violent and not, blasphemous and not, terrifying and not–were the most loving and trustworthy things in my life. I read widely, and loved plenty of the classics so, yes, I recognized the domestic terrors faced by Louisa May Alcott’s March sisters. But I became the kid chased by werewolves, vampires, and evil clowns in Stephen King’s books. I read books about monsters and monstrous things, often written with monstrous language, because they taught me how to battle the real monsters in my life.
And now I write books for teenagers because I vividly remember what it felt like to be a teen facing everyday and epic dangers. I don’t write to protect them. It’s far too late for that. I write to give them weapons–in the form of words and ideas-that will help them fight their monsters. I write in blood because I remember what it felt like to bleed.
#8 most frequently challenged book of 2010
There must be something in books, things we can’t imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don’t stay for nothing.
Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
Everything I read is subversive. It’s made subversive simply by the fact that I’m the one reading it. #Imspecial.
Today kicks off Banned Books Week!The pictures above are of some of my books that are frequently challenged or banned. There were actually a lot I forgot, such as some works by Shel Silverstein, Roald Dahl, The Giver, His Dark Materials and probably more.
You can see some lists of banned or challenged books here.