Happy Banned Books Week 2013!

It’s not too late to celebrate Banned Books Week, 2013. Banned Books Week is Sept. 22 – 28. It’s a time when the nation celebrates the
freedom to read and the American Library Association (ALA) brings
attention to the censorship of books in schools and libraries. Some of my favorite books have been subjected to censorship and banning attempts (protests at being included in public schools and libraries with attempts at banning them from such).

Here are just a few of the forbidden books, “Just in case you needed a short reading list.” — The Sexy Librarian


Image courtesy of The Sexy Librarian

And here is a link to Pogo’s Alice just because I love it and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is the last book on the poster above:

YouTube Video

And I leave you with a favorite poem of mine from a favorite poet:

To The Reader
by Denise Levertov

As you read, a white bear leisurely
pees, dying the snow
saffron,

and as you read, many gods
lie among lianas: eyes of obsidian
are watching the generations of leaves,

and as you read
the sea is turning its dark pages,
turning
its dark pages.

Links of interest:
ALA.org: Frequently Challenged Books with links to the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF), Extended List of Books Banned or Challenged, and more.
bannedbooksweek.org
5 Reasons You Should Read Banned Books by Kelly Conrad