What is NOT okay is that those people cannot simply stop at disliking a book--they have to make it so that NO ONE can read that book, just because they don't agree with what goes on in the book. As Ellen Hopkins says in her powerful poem "Manifesto," "you don't speak for me or my children." Well, I don't have kids, but the sentiment is still the same. The only incident in which it is all right to forbid someone from reading something is if that person is your own child, in my opinion.
So, I sincerely hope that you all have at least taken a moment to think about some of the most amazing, important books that we have to offer that have been banned this week. I know a lot of people have said a lot about this topic this week, so I think I'll settle for just sharing with you some pictures from the bookstore I work at to celebrate Banned Books Week.
This is the front table display, which is visible when you first walk in! There are so many books that have been banned in our store, but we tried to put out some of the most recent ones--we've been selling a lot of them, so yay!
Simon and Schuster sent me this poster of the amazing Ellen Hopkins poem, "Manifesto," last year for Banned Books Week 2010. Ellen wrote this poem two years ago after she went through some tough times after she was un-invited to a school visit in Oklahoma. It's a really powerful poem, and definitely worth reading. You can probably find it on her website, and I recommend reading it! I knew it was too important to not bring it in for the week, and I am glad a bunch of our customers can read it!
I've also have been wearing my "I Read Banned Books" bracelet all this week! It's one of my favorite pieces of jewelry year round, ever since my mother got it for me for my 18th birthday, and you can totally get one too at the designer's website, carolynforsman.com! Here's a picture...the top two shots are of the bracelet I have, and the bottom two are of the kidss/YA version!
What did you do to celebrate Banned Books Week? What are some of your favorite banned books?