So, Banned Book Week is coming up at the end of September (Sep. 30 through Oct. 6, to be exact). During Banned Book Week, readers across the world unite and read books that were formally banned in celebration of free speech. I feel like this is more important than ever, as it seems that free speech is harder to come by these days.
If you want to participate in a virtual banned book read-out, you can post a video of yourself reading a formerly or currently banned book to the banned books YouTube channel. I personally will not be doing this, mostly because I really don’t like making videos, but if you do, I ‘d love to see the link to your video! You can post it onto our Facebook page.
There is also a whole website devoted to Banned Books Week, which has a lot of information about how the week was started, and fun ways to celebrate. Banned Book Week ends October 6th. If you want to learn more about the fight for free speech in books, the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression has tons of useful information.
On Daily Mayo, I will try to review or talk about some banned children’s books that were either banned at one point, or are currently banned in some places. For example, Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn has been on a ban list many times.
Should be fun!