Did you know that it is currently Banned Books Week?
Every year, during the last week of September, hundreds of libraries and bookstores across the US join together to celebrate the freedom to read and the importance of the first amendment. Since 1982, more than 11.000 books have been challenged for a variety of reasons. Banned Books Week celebrates American’s right to free and open access to information and points out the harms of censorship by looking at both actual and attempted bannings of books across the country. Want to know more? Check out the ALA website and bannedbooksweek.org.
In 2010, the 10 most challenged titles were:
And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson,
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie,
Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley,
Crank, by Ellen Hopkins,
The Hunger Games (series), by Suzanne Collins,
Lush, by Natasha Friend,
What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones,
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America, by Barbara Ehrenreich,
Revolutionary Voices edited by Amy Sonnie, and
Twilight (series), by Stephenie Meyer.
Want to know why? Check out this cool infographic from the Los Angeles Times.
This year, you can join the Virtual Read Out! by posting a video reading a passage from your favorite banned books-Jay Asher, Judy Blume, Chris Crutcher, Sarah Dessen, Ellen Hopkins, Whoopi Goldberg, William Joyce, Lauren Myracle and many many more have. Check out the Official YouTube Channel to see them all! For instructions on how to upload your video, and the video criteria click here.
Here at PBC, we’re celebrating Banned Books Week by giving away a signed copy of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (on the 2010 most-challenged list) and a signed copy of Perfect by Ellen Hopkins (often one of the top three challenged authors, her book Crank is on the 2010 list).
The giveaway will close at midnight MST on October 1, 2011 (the end of Banned Books Week) and we will draw 2 winners (each winner will receive one book-to be chosen randomly) on Monday October 3, 2011.
Want to enter? It’s Easy!
First: Like us on Facebook (Use the Like Button on our right sidebar, or click here)
Then: Come back to this post and leave us a comment telling us your favorite banned book! (Already like us on facebook or don’t have a facebook account? Leave your comment on this post and we’ll enter you in the drawing.) Make sure you use a valid email when you comment here, it is how we will contact you if you’ve won (it won’t be published). We’ll also update this post with the winners.
Update: This giveaway is now closed – the randomly selected winners were Tana Berry and Ashlyn B. Thanks for entering!