Banned Books Week, Stop the Ban

This week is banned books, (the last week of September) which is a week set aside to celebrate the freedom of reading and to try to stop the banning of books. What it means to ban a book is when kids are discouraged from reading it, and it gets taken off library shelves. Quite often these dissensions are made by the parent groups within a school system.

Throughout history, there have been many books that have found them sleeves on the banned lists. Some of which are actually American Classics. Some of the classic books that have been banned are: “To Kill A Mocking Bird,” because of racial language and rape, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” also because of racial language, and “Fahrenheit 451, because get this, in the book it was banning books.” The banning of these classic books are also not the only ones that I’m upset about, Some of my favorite books have also been banned: “Are You There God It’s Me Margret” by Judy Blume,because it explores sexuality and debates Christianity, “A Wrinkle In Time” by Madeline L’Engle, because it apparently has witch craft, and “13 Reasons Why” by Jay Asher, because it has references to drugs and it’s about suicide.

I believe that book banning is a terrible thing and that it shouldn’t exist. The way that I see it is that we’re trying to have our kids live a sheltered life, but this is stupid because the world is not a perfect place and no amount of concerning is going to change that, the only thing it’s going to do is make our kids less prepared to enter the world on their own. The way that I see it is that kids need to be able to make their own dissensions and find out on their own whats good and whats bad. And the best way for this to happen is to allow them to grow with the freedom of reading. So please just think about what book banning really does and join me in #StopTheBan.

Best,

Wes

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Other Useful Links

http://www.ala.org/bbooks/bannedbooksweek

http://censorshipandtokillamockingbird.weebly.com/why-was-it-banned.html

http://www.bcps.org/offices/Lis/models/twain/index.html

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/09/29/12-books-that-have-ironically-been-banned-in-the-u-s/

http://www.deletecensorship.org/are_you_there_god.html

https://prezi.com/hdcbahghwjhf/a-wrinkle-in-time-a-banned-book/

http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/24/living/banned-books-week/

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