Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week

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Carrie McBride
Oct 2, 2007

We read banned books. You probably do, too, even if you don't know it. It's Banned Books Week (9/29 - 10/6) - what better time to pick up a scandalous book.

Each year librarians receive hundreds of challenges and requests to remove books from their shelves - 546 such challenges were made in 2006. Where the Sidewalk Ends has been accused of promoting cannibalism; Harry Potter books of promoting witchcraft and Satanism; The Lorax of criminalizing the foresting industry.

Paraphrasing an old maxim, Judith Krug, head of the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom says: "Absolutely, parents should have the right to decide whether their children should have access to a book, but that right ends where my nose begins."

So go ahead and read a banned book to your child today - you rebel.

(Find out more about banned books here.)

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