This week is Banned Book Week. Have you heard about it? In the U.S. there are schools all across the country, who challenge or ban books that they feel is inappropriate. It could be that the book has witchcraft in it (Harry Potter) or in the case of the Fault in Our Stars by John Green, he talks about death and teen sex. It seems like a massive measure to coddle that doesn’t serve any real end purpose other than possibly discouraging kids to read. And maybe making adults feel more comfortable. If a book is banned then it can’t be taught, stocked in the library or even accepted as a donation at that school/school district. If you’d like to learn more, check out the ALA (American Library Association) web site. They have all sorts of info on the subject.
I have a few thoughts on this (as I’m sure you’ve already guessed):
What do you think about banning books? For it? Against it? Don’t care either way? Let me know in the comments, because I care about what you think.
Also, if you haven’t already, stop by new work in progress: The Reverie Poetry Journal. I’m working with Laura A. Lord and HastyWords to create a poetry magazine. Each Monday we’ll have a prompt, Friday you can link up your poem, Saturday you can vote and Sunday we’ll pick the winner. This winning poem is is one step closer to being published with us. Check it out. Good times, good times.