This is officially my “YA on Saturday” post. I’m posting it early to celebrate Banned Books Week (Sept. 26th-Oct. 3rd), and because I’ll be busy all weekend.
Many blogs and websites are supporting Banned Books Week. ALA celebrates our freedom to read. And thank you to all the librarians who save as many books from banning as possible.
Laurie Halse Anderson has written very detailed blog posts about the banning attempts on her books (and others), and what you can do to help.
Watch John Green’s vlog about his book, LOOKING FOR ALASKA. He says that teenagers can read critically, and to claim otherwise is condescending.
The Kids’ Right to Read project interviewed Chris Crutcher, one of the most challenged authors of all time.
Nathan Bransford opened a discussion about parental discretion vs. censorship. He asks, “Should public libraries stock everything and let patrons decide what is inappropriate? What about books that, say, incite prejudice or that the majority of a community feels is inappropriate for children?” Bransford also wonders how effective censorship is now that any book is readily available via Internet.
These links are just the tip of the iceberg. I’ve read the POVs of many adults … but I’d like to hear more from teenagers (adults can chime in as well!).
Do you agree with John Green, that teenagers can read critically and avoid negative influences from books? Do you feel like adults are condescending to you? Or do you appreciate their concerns for your well-being? How does it make you feel when adults want to ban books on behalf of teenagers? Do realistic books with tough issues hurt or help you?
We are blessed with freedom of speech in this country. And I think we all know that if a teenager really wanted a book, he or she would find a way to get it. Does any good come from banning books? My curious mind wants to know. At the moment, I can’t see past the angst and prejudice.