Thursday, September 30, 2010

Banned Books Week

In honor of Banned Books Week, Taherah has organized a celebration over on her blog, Grab A Pen, to shed light on this event. Each participant is to blog about a book they love that managed to make its way on the list of banned/challenged books. To see the list in its entirety visit the ABFEE website.

So...what is banned books week?

From the ABFEE Website:
The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE) is a sponsor of Banned Books Week, the only national celebration of the freedom to read. Banned Books Week is held each year during the last week of September. The American Library Association, the Association of American Publishers, the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the National Association of College Stores also sponsor the event. Banned Books Week is also endorsed by the Center for the Book of the Library of Congress.

The first thing I did before writing my review was refer to the ALA website for a current list of banned/challenged books.

Did you happen to notice what was number one on the list?
Harry Potter. And not just one Harry Potter book, the entire series. My initial reaction was...what? I know I shouldn't have been surprised...but I was.

The Harry Potter series has exploded onto the book scene, causing readers everywhere to beg for more from this young wizard who is trying to find his way in a world he never even knew existed. The series has been challenged for having violence, lack of family, religious viewpoints and even Satanism.

Goodreads Description:
Harry Potter has never been the star of a Quidditch team, scoring points while riding a broom far above the ground. He knows no spells, has never helped to hatch a dragon, and has never worn a cloak of invisibility.

All he knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley--a great big swollen spoiled bully. Harry's room is a tiny closet at the foot of the stairs, and he hasn't had a birthday party in eleven years.

But all of that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to an incredible place that Harry--and anyone who reads about him--will find unforgettable.

For it's there that he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic in everything from classes to meals, but a great destiny that's been waiting for him...if Harry can survive the encounter.

How can you not be intrigued as a reader? For me Harry Potter has been a great tool in getting excited about reading. There's adventure and magic. Watching the trials and tribulations that Harry must face over the years. I just love this series. And I know I'm not alone.

So look over the banned/challenged book list and see if your favorites are there. You might be surprised like I was.

To see the other reviews, visit the link on Taherah's blog here.


aspiring_x said...

definitely good books! :)

j.leigh.bailey said...

People say that the series promotes lying, cheating and stealing. I guess I read it wrong, because I thought it promoted friendship, loyalty and doing the right thing, even when it's hard. And, most importantly, it engendered a love of reading in children, something that had been declining in the world of video games. :D

Danielle said...

You have to wonder if the people who ban these books actually read them? I have no idea how anyone could think that Harry Potter is dangerous or satanic.

Melissa said...

I knew about Harry so it didn't surprise me, though I must say it does bother me. I don't like the fact that books can be banned. So not cool.

erica and christy said...

Some of the reasoning that led to the banning were terrible. And my 8-year-old read The Deathly Hallows and I'm not sure there's any other book on the planet that could get him to read so many pages! Very sad that other children could miss that experience.