Are you ready for Banned Books Week? It starts this weekend, from Sunday, September 22, 2019 to Saturday, September 28, 2019.
As always, it comes as a surprise and crying shame that an event as Banned Books Week is needed. To ban a book, to censor it, goes against the advancement of human social and cultural development. It goes against the very definition of what civilization entails.
What’s next? Becoming a civilization where firemen will be burning books like in Fahrenheit 451? Why? Because it contains LGBTQIA+ content, profanity, drug use, violence, etc.
For generally reflecting the community around us. And providing differing viewpoints, that could lead to empathy and enlightenment. And evolvement of our current thinking.
What can we do about it? Follow the link to learn more about the ALA (American Library Association). It’s annual Banned Books Week and how to get involved. Read a banned book. Buy a banned book to gift to family and friends. My sons love Captain Underpants and already own a few of the books from the series. It made number three in the top challenged books in 2018.
Do you plan on celebrating Banned Books Week? How? Do you have a favorite book that’s been banned and challenged? What were your thoughts and feelings about it? What are your personal thoughts and feelings about the censorship, banning and challenging, and sometimes burning of books?