Sunday, September 30, 2012

Banned Books Week Is Here!

Banned Books Week is here! Celebrating it's 30th year, Banned Books Week is an annual event put out by ALA. This year it happens from September 30th to October 6th.

There are so many books challenged every year and so many of these target a younger audience, so I think this is an important issue to adress. Many of these books have been challenged because adults (parents) have deemed them inappropriate for their kids, but every person is different and "appropriate" is very subjective.

I don't think I could do a better job of explaining the purpose and factoids of Banned Books Week, so I'll let the ALA do it.

Here are some great links to get you exploring:

 This week I'm celebrating those books which are often challenged by reading one of them! I think the best thing adults can do for their kids is to read the books they read. If we know what's inside them, we can use them as tools for teaching instead of banning them in fear. And who knows, maybe they wont be the evil they're made out to be by some.

Of course, I have chosen a young adult novel to read, one that I've been wanting to read for a long time.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

In his first book for young adults, bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author's own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by acclaimed artist Ellen Forney, that reflect the character's art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.

This is one of the most frequently challenged books in recent years. It looks like it tackles some pretty heavy issues but it also looks like it does so in an entertaining way, especially the use of pictures.


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