Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop
is hosted by I Read Banned Books
This giveaway hop is for a very awesome reason – it celebrates our freedom to read!! Banned Books Week is an annual celebration that’s typically held the last week in September. I’m not sure who the mastermind behind it all but I found most of my information on ALA’s website. In a nutshell, ALA uses this week to raise awareness of censorship and promote the freedom to read.
When I started looking into Banned Books Week, I was completely blow away by the names of some of the books that are what they call “Frequently Challenged”. These are books that people are attempting to ban from our communities.
You know what the number one challenged book was between 2000-2009? Well, duh… It was Harry Potter, as in the entire series!! (source: ALA.org Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books 2000-2009 – please go there and check it out yourself!!! The list will blow you away!!!).
Seriously? Harry Potter?!?! Grown-ups can’t explain to their kids that magic is make-believe?? I could go on for hours about this but I won’t.
There’s another reason why I wanted to participate in this giveaway hop – my freaking hometown tried to ban a book!!! My hometown is on the ALA.org website!!!
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey
… In 1974, five residents of Strongsville, OH, sued the board of education to remove the novel. Labeling it “pornographic,” they charged the novel “glorifies criminal activity, has a tendency to corrupt juveniles and contains descriptions of bestiality, bizarre violence, and torture, dismemberment, death, and human elimination.”
For more great information on Banned Books Week, go check out ALA’s entire section of their website devoted to Banned Books Week.
I’m giving away a $15 Gift Card to Amazon or $15 worth of books from Book Depository. If you’re international, you must be able to accept delivery from Book Depository.
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Now would be an awesome time to go visit all the beautiful blogs spreading Banned Books Week love…