September 28th, 2010

glorious fall

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. 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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