29 September 2010


This week is Banned Books Week, and as an English teacher, the freedom to read what we want to, even if someone else is uncomfortable with or offended by the words, is dear to me. You might be surprised at some of the titles that have ended up on the banned or challenged books lists, like the recent one at http://www.library.lapeer.org/2010banned.pdf . Granted there are a number of books on the list I won't be personally checking out any time soon, but a couple of my absolute favorites are there: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and To Kill a Mockingbird. Just this past week, I read the young adult book The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, mostly to see what all the fuss is about over in little Stockton, Mo. where it has recently been challenged. Another small town nearby is challenging Twenty Boy Summer so that's next on my list. Words are powerful. Words can hurt and words can scare people. I get that. But words are too important in my life to have someone else tell me which ones I can look at and which ones I can't.


trash talk said...

I saw that list and realized I had read 8 of the top 10. What does that make me...more importantly what does it say about my mother who encouraged me to read some of them?
What's amazing to me is the outrage of some folks over books, but yet the stuff that is allowed on TV...doesn't make sense.

Polly said...

Wow, Hayley, I'm almost speechless by a couple books on the list. The Diary of Ann Frank? And, the dictionary?


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