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Just a heads up that I'm going dark for several weeks. I may still update posts/challenges but there will be no new content, not even Thursdays.

My Mom died and I'm taking each day as it comes, plus helping my Dad go through her stuff.

Jan 16 update: Mother-in-law, who I call Mom, is in the hospital for bypass surgery

Feb 19 update: MIL is home now :-D and slowly getting better. I'm still helping my Dad with Mom's stuff but since my brother is out of town, I'm spending 4 nights at his house every week for a month. It's MUCH closer to Dad's and they do meals together and hang out.

Mar 8 update: I'm having a blast with my Dad. MIL has gone back to the hospital

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Censorship in books


I have to admit to doing some of my own censorship.

Did that get your attention?

I didn't have a problem with the book being in my children's school library. I didn't have a problem with other children checking it out (I was a parent volunteer). I did have a problem with my children checking it out. The book? Gads, it was so long ago....part of a series....The Stupids something something....I never read it, my problem was solely with the name the author choose for the family.

Truly, that is how censorship should work. A parent tells their child what they can't read and leaves the rest of the kids alone!!!! Looking back, I should have read it first {blush}

Okay, with that said. Banned Books Week is coming up at the end of September. Read a banned book. Better yet, check it out of the library and turn your nose up at those who want to tell us what we can and can't read.

To read what the American Library Association has to say about the week, click here

I haven't read any books from the lists this year but do have Hunger Games on my list of books to read soon.

It's fun to read why the book was challenged. Twilight for violence? Hello, it has vampires in it!

I sound like a broken record. My views on banning books has been posted before. I refuse to not read something because you tell me not to. If the book doesn't sound good I'll decide on my own not to read it. If the book sounds great (hello Harry Potter!) then I'm going to read it.

Now that my children are grown, I don't tell the what they should and shouldn't read. I guess I may change my mind if I saw a book about learning Satan worship or something in their room....but they're good kids, I'm not worried about their reading choices.

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3 comments:

Helen's Book Blog said...

I think we all censor to some extent, we just don't think of it that way. What books don't I buy my own child or for my school library, wether consciously or not. It's when we ban for others that the trouble starts. I love Banned Book Week at my school when we read excerpts from fantastic books that the students love that someone, somewhere has banned.

Lynette said...

I agree that as parnets we guide our kids to certain books, movies, foods, activities.....you understand.

But to out and out say you can not read that. I not sure even as a parent I have that right.

Petrea Burchard said...

"...check it out of the library and turn your nose up at those who want to tell us what we can and can't read." Brava.

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