Banned Books Week-Revolutions of the Soul

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It’s Banned Books Week and you know how I feel about that.  Judy Blume also has an opinion…

Like Judy, I agree that all reading is valuable.  I believe this whole heartedly, but just to be sure, I stopped and did a quick re-evaluation as a parent.  After a hearty gut check, I was happy to realize that I’m still a fan of giving access.

There’s a difference between providing age appropriate content and censoring content that is age appropriate.  

And what about reading up?  I’m all for it.  I did it all the time as a kid and it was empowering, educational and exciting.  I have yet to discover any negative side effects from the experience.  In fact, I think it has made me a better person.

I hope there comes a day when Banned Books Week is a laughable relic.  When generations of future readers look back and laugh at our idiocy.  But in the mean time, I must confess that I have a secret desire…

I want to write the kind of book that people need to ban.

I strive to write things that are going to connect with people on a real and honest level.  I’m not writing to stir the potWhen a book is banned because its readers find meaning in it

Two of my favorite mantras are…

“Be yourself.  Have an opinion. Tell the world.”   by K.L. Going

“Dare to disrupt the universe.”  by Laurie Halse Anderson

For me, those are words to live by.  But I’m not alone.  There are many who dare.  Here are the ALA’s top 100 banned/challenged books from 2000-2009.  I bet you’re going to be shocked to find some of your favorites are on this list.  It makes me crazy but I try to remember one other thing that Laurie Halse Anderson said…

“Revolutions of the soul are scary things.”

What is your favorite banned book?  Is there a particular book you’re shocked to see on the list? 

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  1. Amen! My favorite banned book? Too many to choose from. 🙂

  2. Great post – loved the video of Judy Blume, and also how you contextualized the Laurie Halse Anderson quote; "Dare to disrupt the universe."
    Right on!
    (And my favorite banned book is the #1 most challenged book in America again this year, "And Tango Makes Three.")

  3. It's hard to chose Linda!

    Lee, thanks for stopping by–AND TANGO MAKES THREE is now on my TBR list! :o)

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