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Support Banned Books Week...



I posted this on FB yesterday too. I don't know if this is my favorite banned book (series) of all time, but it's definitely one of them. What do I love about them? Harry's compassion, his courage, the people who rally around him -- even the passion the books have inspired in so many readers around the world makes me love these books.

We're all readers here, so I'm preaching to the choir. Therefore I won't say much...

Books give us the opportunity to see things in a different way. They expand our understanding, not only of the world, but also of people. Because people write books. And even if that person says something I would never say, now I know that someone out there feels like this, whether or not I agree with it.

I want my kids to have the freedom to discover different ideas and points of view. I love books which inspire discussion -- and so many of these 'banned' books do just that.

...my fourth grade teacher read A Wrinkle in Time out to us (in public school). That reading inspired my love of Madeliene L'Engle (and I've read pretty much everything she's written) -- and ultimately my drive to be a writer.

...we read To Kill a Mockingbird together as a class in 9th grade (and watched the movie). I loved the class discussion and how excited everyone got about the book, even though opinions differed on the story, overall.

...we read many of the classic authors in Honors English as seniors in high school -- many of whom are on the 'banned' list.

Wouldn't the world be a sad, sad place without all these amazing books? Thank goodness most areas in our country have the sense to let kids read the books they want -- and to introduce them to ideas which might be just outside their comfort zones.

What banned book has made a difference to you?

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beachdog
Sep. 28th, 2010 03:47 pm (UTC)
Harry Potter was banned???? You must be kidding.

I not sure if I ever read a banned book ... I will have to check the list ...

http://www.banned-books.com/bblist.html

Oh I have read lots ... Huck Finn; Grapes of Wrath; Lolita; Lord of Flies.

I must be ruined for life.
robinellen
Sep. 28th, 2010 08:12 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah, HP was banned repeatedly -- and let's hope we're all ruined for life ;)
olmue
Sep. 28th, 2010 04:03 pm (UTC)
Harry Potter and A Wrinkle in Time--two of my favorite books of all time, that inspire me to be both a better person and a better Christian, books I've read numerous times aloud...Yep. Those two!
robinellen
Sep. 28th, 2010 08:13 pm (UTC)
Isn't it interesting that books which can inspire to seek God are on the banned list? (and usually they're banned because 'Christians' find them morally offensive)
olmue
Sep. 28th, 2010 10:24 pm (UTC)
I know! Crazy.

As far as I know, the anti-magic people still feel that way, but I noticed a sudden end to the Harry-is-anti-Christian rants once the last book came out. Bit of a shocker there for your antichrist antihero of the day to turn out to be a full-fledged, back-from-the-dead Christ figure himself. Hee!
tracyworld
Sep. 28th, 2010 04:30 pm (UTC)
Love the pic and love the thoughts and sentiments in the post. Yay, Robin!
robinellen
Sep. 28th, 2010 08:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Tracy :) I managed to be very mild in my post, even though book banning gets my blood boiling.
tracyworld
Sep. 28th, 2010 08:32 pm (UTC)
Just read this tweet from Maureen Johnson:

"You ALMOST have to admire people trying to ban the dictionary. They have seen the Great Mountain of Stupid and they are not afraid to climb."

I read about the dictionary banning while doing research on my post, and could not believe it. (Except, I could). The above comment is perfect!
robinellen
Sep. 28th, 2010 09:13 pm (UTC)
LOL -- amazing!
lefalcone
Sep. 28th, 2010 06:59 pm (UTC)
I was shocked when I saw A Wrinkle in Time on there.
robinellen
Sep. 28th, 2010 08:15 pm (UTC)
Oh, I know! You gotta wonder...
karenbschwartz
Sep. 29th, 2010 02:24 am (UTC)
just about everything written by Judy Blume! Seriously, she was telling it like it was on so many issues that were relevant to me and my friends. Geez, I had no idea Harry Potter was banned--weird.
kathys_shadow
Sep. 29th, 2010 04:17 am (UTC)
One of my favorite banned books as a child was Bridge to Terabithia--it really spoke to me, to my needs and desires, troubles and dreams.
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