I'm a writer because I have stage fright.
It is Banned Books Week and I am excited to participate. As an attempt to combat censorship, this event encourages people to read books that have been targeted for removal from libraries, schools, and bookstores. For more information about the event, please visit the website here.
While I appreciate the opposite side of this argument (often parents concerned with the mental well-being of their children), I stand firmly with the idea of no censorship. How are we to learn and grow if we cannot have the opportunity to see the world through multiple perspectives? How can we defend our own beliefs if we do not know the arguments of others?
I was excited to see that I had read four of the ten most challenged books of 2013 and planned on reading a fifth. In celebration of this important week, I am going to read The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, a National Book Award winner, by Sherman Alexie. Along with some interesting text style choices, this book has some great illustrations.
For the list of the ten most challenged titles of 2013, click here. Be a rebel. Support your brave and talented authors.