To each his own books

It’s Banned Books Week, folks, and it’s also a week I need to play catch up to  my word count. So today I offer this well-said video on how to appreciate the freedom we have to read what we want.
And by the way, some of my favorite books of all time have been challenged or banned from classrooms and libraries, including Gone With the Wind, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Grapes of Wrath, The Lord of the Rings, and many others. The American Library Assn has a complete list right here.

So what’s your take on banned books? Is there a fave of yours on this list? Is there a time and a place when a book should be banned? When is that time and place? Would love to hear your thoughts. . .

Author: Susan

This post has 6 Comments

  1. Jennifer Lara on September 22, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    I really don’t think there is a time or place to ban books. Many of the books on the list, I’ve read and enjoyed. If someone doesn’t want the read or expose their children to the book, then don’t read it. There are books that I’ve read and didn’t enjoy and they are considered classics, does that mean that I have the right to deny someone else who might enjoy it? I don’t think so.

  2. Susan on September 22, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    I’m with you, Jennifer. I am waiting to hear a counter argument that will convince me otherwise.

  3. Penny on September 22, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    It’s easy to say just don’t read it. What about when your child goes to the library and you have no control over what they’re checking out. Maybe a complete ban seems outrageous but I do believe there is a place (elementary school library) and time for some form of censorship.

  4. Susan on September 22, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    I hear you, Penny. Elementary school libraries (which we parents have no easy access to) showcase a great reason to stay in communication with our kids. If a child brings home a book the parent feels is in appropriate, it’s a great time to talk about why, and then how to choose something better…

  5. Amy on September 22, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    Hmmm, this topic reminds me of Fahrenheit 451, a book I had to read in High School. No, I do not believe in banning books. I can understand the thought of limiting books available in school libraries but don’t fully agree with it. In that case, parents need to step up and be involved in the lives of their children and know what books they have checked out of the library. And as you stated, discuss it with them if it is something inappropriate.

  6. Susan on September 23, 2014 at 4:48 am

    Well said, Amy. Thanks for stopping in!

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