Readers, Unite!

In honor of Banned Books week which runs from September 25th through October 2nd, my daughter and I have decided to read three Judy Blume novels which are currently on the list of the Top 100 challenged/banned books of the last decade.

The three novels and where they rank:

43. Blubber
87. Tiger Eyes

99. Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.

You can view the entire list here.

I've read them and love each and every one of these books, and I look forward to sharing them with my daughter over the next month, now that she is old enough to appreciate them.

I have no problem with a parent deciding what is or isn't appropriate for their own children to read. It kinda comes with the job description. But I would never be so self-righteous as to tell someone else what their children should or shouldn't read; that's called censorship, boys and girls.

Steph Su is hosting a Banned Books Reading Challenge on her blog, as is Donna at litbites. There are a lot of great blogs taking part.

I hope you will check out the list and participate in your own way to bring awareness to this issue.


Nicole MacDonald said...

I'm confused, why were these banned?? They're awesome books!


Rogue Mutt said...

I'm embarrassed to say I did read "Are You There God..." Though at the time I was too young to really understand what a period was or why it had no relevance to me.

Lisa Potts said...

Nicole, you're right! All of the books I've read on the list are awesome. Harry Potter has been at the top for ten years. Harry Potter!

That's funny, RM!

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