Monday, September 22, 2014

Banned Books Week!

So in the middle of a bunch of other things going on around the book world, this week is also Banned Books week. I wanted to show you all what my library has on display for Banned Books week this year -

It's a great display. Each of the brown-wrapped books has been challenged or banned, and each has a brief description of WHY is was banned on the outside. For example - Our Bodies, Ourselves, which says "I have been challenged because I discuss female anatomy and sexuality. That's it??"

It's not complicated or flashy, but I think it makes a great statement. And it led to a really interesting discussion with my kids (age almost 4), about the idea of adults telling kids that they can't read certain books. So, THANK YOU, South Side (Des Moines) Library! You rock! (Seriously, folks, my library branch is the best.)

To celebrate Banned Books week, I'm going to sneak in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. I have never read it, and it will also count as a Diversiverse read! Woo hoo!


bermudaonion said...

I read that book in college and loved it. I bet I would get a lot more out of it if I read it now.

Kristen M. said...

That is a really cool idea! And I love that it led to a discussion with the kiddos.

Literary Feline said...

Banned Book Week completely sneaked up on me. I really need to set up a reminder a month out on my phone so I don't miss it.

I love the display! I would have to stop and read each note on the books. :-)

Jenny @ Reading the End said...

Love it! I know I'd have been mightily intrigued by that when I was a kid. (Also still now. :p)