Banned Books Week lasts from today (September 30) to October 6th. It is a celebration of not just reading books that have been challenged, but of seeking out knowledge, using critical thinking to make decisions for yourself, and freedom of information and expression. It's about being LOUD about your right to read.
This year is the 50th Anniversary of Banned Books Week. You can find out more information, including activities and resources, at the ALA website and BannedBooksWeek.org. The Macmillan Children's Publishing Group is going to celebrate their seven most-challenged titles on their blog. I've read five of the seven, and they're all great novels.
To celebrate, Google Play has 25 challenged novels on sale for 99 cents each. (Prices may be matched in other online bookstores.) YA titles include JULIE OF THE WOLVES by Jean Craighead George, THE TERRORIST by Caroline B. Cooney, and THE DROWNING OF STEPHAN JONES by Bette Greene.
I'm very, very busy this week, but I'll try to post something special for the week every day.