Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Banned Books Week: Not just a thing of the past, books are challenged even on the eve of Banned Books Week

Invisible Man pulled from North Carolina school library shelves.

A quote from the article from the parent, "You must respect all religions and point of views when it comes to the parents and what they feel is age appropriate for their young children to read, without their knowledge. This book is freely in your library for them to read.”

This isn't from years ago. This is from September 16th. 

Eek a book with different ideas is in a library just waiting for someone to pick it up... Let's clear the shelves of all those. Oh wait, now the shelves are empty...

Ohio leader labels Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison pornographic. 

This is from September 13th. 

In August, an Alabama state Senator also called for his state to bar students from reading the book. 

So challenges to books are going on now. And when you take one book that you don't agree with off shelves and the person next to you takes another book he doesn't agree with off shelves and the person next to him takes a book she doesn't agree with off the shelves, there will be nothing left in the library to read.

I truly don't understand parents who challenge a book and want to make sure no one reads it. Not allowing your child to read it is one thing but making sure no child reads it, I just don't get it.  Some of the best conversations my kids and I have had are over books they've read that disturbed them in some way or challenged their ideas. 


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