Banned Books: How do you feel about the censorship of the freedom to read? Do you think the education system needs to be more strict on what children are exposed to in books?
Ahh... book banning. It's definitely a common topic among many of us. Most of us say "NAY," to book banning, but occasionally I run into people who say, "YAY," to book banning and I am appalled. You're certainly entitled to your opinion though, I'll give you that.
There are many books out there that contain a wide range of content. If a parent doesn't feel their child is ready for some of the content, that is absolutely fine. That is the decision of the parent, and I fully respect that. But when parents or anyone really decide to ban the book for everyone at the school or the library or the town, I don't think that is fair. You are preventing every child who uses that place as a resource from reading a book that could potentially change their lives. A parent/adult should not be allowed to prevent anyone but themselves and their child from reading a book, and should not ruin it for all children who use that resource to get books.
We all have different thoughts and ideals and that's one of the things that makes reading so special. We all feel different about different books and no two books make us feel the exact same way. Some of my favorite books are banned. And when I realize that one of my favorite books has offended someone else, it kind of makes me feel weird. I feel awful that someone else my age may not be able to read a book that changed my life. Many banned books have taught me lessons and values that I may not have learned anywhere else. Here are some of my favorite banned books:
- To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
- The Giver by Lois Lowry
- The Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling
- Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
and so many more!
In case you haven't seen my banned books week video, here it is again.
Also, since this week is banned books week, I do have a giveaway going on. You have a chance to win the mama book of all dystopian novels, the ever so banned, The Giver by Lois Lowry. Click here to enter. Thanks so much for listening to me rant. Feel free to list any thoughts YOU have on book censorship in the comments!