Libraries across the country are celebrating students’ freedom to read by sharing Banned Book Week, a week of reminding the world that banning and censoring books silences stories, and all stories deserve to be heard.
Here are some interesting facts from the American Library Association. I’m going to be sharing some of this information with students this week, in coordination with beginning to read Alan Gratz’s Ban This Book with fourth and fifth grade. They love it so far!
There are over 10,000 instances of books being challenged every year! It’s up to individual families to determine what is appropriate for them, and not what is appropriate for others. Spread the word that we all have the freedom to read, and deserve the intellectual freedom to be able to find the information we seek. Look forward to more information soon, or visit the American Library Association page to learn more.