Censorship is the child of Fear and the father of Ignorance
Laurie Halse Anderson
Banning books is just another form of bullying.
It’s all about fear and an assumption of power.
The key is to address the fear and deny the power.
The books that the world calls immoral
are the books that show the world its own shame.
The only valid censorship of ideas is the right of people not to listen.
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What do JK Rowlings, Theodore (Dr. Seuss) Giesel, Shel Silverstein, RL Stein, Philip Pullman, Madeleine L’Engle, Roald Dahl, and Judy Blume all have in common? How about if we add in Ernest Hemingway, George Orwell, John Steinbeck, Margaret Mitchell, JRR Tolkien, Harper Lee, Alice Walker, Margaret Atwood, Maya Angelou, and Jack London?
These are all authors who are on the frequently challenged book lists. Meaning, narrow-minded people try to ban their books from schools and libraries more than any other books. Yes, people still do that in this day and age. People who are afraid of thinking, afraid of ideas, afraid of other people, and afraid of learning still try to ban books so they can try to control the thinking of the people around them.
While I don’t understand why you would ever want to censor a book for yourself or your children, that is your decision to make. But don’t you dare try to do it for me or mine. It is not your right. Don’t dare try to keep me small and narrow-minded like yourself. I’m sorry if this offends you, but you have a choice. You can either keep reading or you can stop reading. That is the decision you get to make. You cannot make it for your neighbor.
If you wish to know more about Banned Book Week, 2017 please go to the American Library Association. Remember, a banned book is a loss for everyone. Please choose books to read from the banned list. Below are just four that are on the frequently challenged children’s list.