Banned Books Week is celebrated every year during the last week of September. We’re joining in the celebration of the freedom to read this week at Novel Novice.
…Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States. -ALA
Novel Novice supports the First Amendment right to Free Speech. No matter the topic, from Classic Literature to modern Manga, we believe any reading is good reading. Look for an upcoming editorial on censorship from staffer and Novel Novice founder Sara Gundell, as well as guest blogs from authors Joelle Anthony and Ellen Hopkins, the Top Ten Banned & Challenged Books of 2009 and our Banned Books Week Contest!
Interested in what’s been challenged or banned? Check out the ALA’s Frequently Challenged Books page, where you can search by year, author, statistics, decade and even the Classics. Which of these titles have you read? Is there a book on the list that stands out to you, one that holds special meaning for you? (Hint, hint… Answering these questions may prepare you for a contest later this week).
Banned Books Week is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and is sponsored by several organizations, including: American Booksellers Association, American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, American Library Association, American Society of Journalists and Authors, The Association of American Publishers, and the National Association of College Stores.
For more about Banned Books Week visit: The American Library Association’s Banned Books Week 2010 page, or your local library.
Thanks for all of the links! We’re going to use these next week in my classes.