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Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week

I love my mom.  She’s the best.  She loves books as much as I do, and I have fond childhood memories of sitting on the couch next to her, my brother on her other side, as she read aloud to us.  And later (when we were reading ourselves and had reading homework), and she would sit patiently, ready to help with a new or difficult word.  I honestly forget what book it was in, but when I was about 12 I was reading on the couch with my mom, speaking slowly and following the words with a finger, when I got to a word I’d never seen before: leukemia.  I stopped and was probably waiting for help in saying it when my mom just quietly but firmly said “sound it out.”  So I did.  I said “loo-key-ma.”  Then I asked what it was.  She corrected my pronunciation and told me.   I don’t recall my reaction to the definition, just that I added it to my ever-expanding vocabulary and the next time it came up in the book, I read it without pause.

These were mostly popular books of the time in which I grew up.  I used to read the Babysitters Club series a lot.  And I really loved the Choose Your Own Adventure books.  I would read it one way, then immediately go back and reread with another storyline.  These books rarely make the “banned” list.  They’re not “classics” – many of which, sadly, are on the banned list.  Many of today’s popular fiction books, however, do.  It’s my mom who told me that this week (September 22-28, 2013), though it’s almost over, was Banned Books Week.  So I jokingly replied “so does that mean read all the banned books you possibly can?”

Her answer: yes.  She sent me a link about it.  Then we talked about what some of the latest “challenged” books have been. Both the Captain Underpants and Harry Potter series have been questioned, along with great ones like To Kill a Mockingbird and Catcher in the Rye.  That link had yet another link.  Check them out if you’re so inclined.

What’s your favorite banned book?  If it’s banned, good for you.

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