Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Banned Books Month


September has been dubbed the unofficial
Month of Banned Books
in order to celebrate literature, freedom of speech and of the press, and creative liberty.

If you support reading banned books, please copy and post the above banner onto your blog/myspace/facebook/whatever. Banned Books Month was created and is supported by Donna at Bites. Since 1982, Banned Books Week has taken place during the final week in September every year. But in 2009, we're taking it a bit farther, making the entire month of September in honor of banned books. For more information, click here.

Here's a list of books banned in the USA.

I challenge you to read as many banned books as you can get your hands on this month.

I strongly encourage talking to your librarians, teachers, friends, etc about reading banned books and supporting the Banned Books Month. Thanks, and have a fantastic BBM!


  1. Did you know about the Banned Books Challenge that's going on this month? The info is at http://thebibliobrat.net/?page_id=1109 if you're interested.

  2. Thanks so much for the pimp!

    There's already been a crazy over to visit at my blog spouting off about Hogwash Week or whatever. Bad move, man! LOL!

  3. Wow, I just looked at the list, and I've read a LOT of banned books. I'm so anti-establishment. Ha. You guys have really got somethin' here. You've got my full support and eternal respect.


  4. Wow, I've never been kosher on the whole book banning thing, it's just so un-American, but I hadn't realized how many I'd already read! I feel like rebel! (with a cause)

  5. No books have been banned in the USA for about a half a century. See "National Hogwash Week."

  6. To SafeLibraries--

    All of us that are doing this Banned Book Month thing are fully aware that banning books is technically illegal in most countries. What we're really getting at here is how much certain books are viewed negatively by those ignorant of their content. For example, Harry Potter is seen by some to teach devil worshiping. Twilight is considered dangerous. And many children are forbidden to read the His Dark Materials series because of their (anti)religious content. This is what we're protesting. This is what we see as wrong. We want everyone to be able to choose for themselves what they read, and we want all authors, no matter what they write about, to avoid being confronted by those who are uncomfortable with what they write about. This is what we are campaigning for. The freedom to express yourself without being yelled at, whoever you may be.

    Thank you for your comment. The National Hogwash Week article was quite interesting.

  7. Then we are in agreement. See "US Libraries Hit Back Over Challenges to Kids Books," by Sara Hussein, Agence France-Presse [AFP], 6 September 2009.


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