Thursday, September 30, 2010 | By: Taffy

Banned Book Week


I read tons when I was in elementary school. I loved biographies. I loved learning about Helen Keller and the Wright Brothers. I read fiction but most of it was Judy Blume who made me uncomfortable. Ironically, one of her books taught me to think for myself.

When I was in high school I couldn't figure out why anyone parent would come in to the principal and ask to have a book removed from the library. I was pretty sure there were no "bad" books in my school. then again, I wasn't big into books. I read what was forced and to this day can't stomach ANIMAL FARM, UNCLE TOM'S CABIN, LORD OF THE FLIES, THE GREAT GATSBY and MOBY DICK.

After one year of college I went with friends to Asia to teach English and make scads of money (I came back with one nickel). It was on a tiny island that I started reading again for enjoyment. The first book I bought was JANE EYRE. I love that book. I read TALE OF TWO CITIES and GONE WITH THE WIND next. Loved those books.

I got married, had children, read to them and now they read books. We love to read A LIGHT IN THE ATTIC and other silly books by Shel Silverstein.

Now I know why concerned parents ask books to be removed. I don't agree with removing books, but I understand better now.
My daughter wasn't much of a reader. She couldn't find anything that interested her and she didn't want to waste time reading something she wasn't going to like. Along came TWILIGHT. She devoured that book! Read it in two days. She read the whole series at age 12. I asked her to wait. She wanted to read what her friends were gaga over. So she read and we talked about it.

My son has a totally different dilemma. He loves to read but has a hard time finding books for boys. He read all the HARRY POTTER books. I'm always on the look out for great boy books. (Have any suggestions? Email me or leave them in the comments! THANKS)

Now that I write, I read. And read. And read. I consider reading part of my job as a writer (best. job. ever.).
I have returned books to the library and told them the YA rating should be adult.
I have shut books after a few chapters because the content offended me.
I have asked my children not to read certain books that were for more mature readers.
I will stand by my child if they think a book on the reading list is not one she wants to read for content.

I will not ban a book. 
All the books highlighted in this color have been banned for various and sometimes silly reasons. Check out American Library Association for more surprises on which books have been banned.

5 comments:

Angela Ackerman said...

Swing by my blog? There's something there for you! :)

Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

Shallee said...

I'm so with you on that! I may have the write to discuss writing choices with my own children, but not everyone else's. Thanks for sharing!

Chantele Sedgwick said...

I do have several books in mind not to let my daughter read when she's a teenager, but I won't ban a book just because of my personal tastes and values. I don't agree with some things in books, but it's not my place to say no one else can read them. :)

Theresa Milstein said...

I pay attention to what my children read. And they read plenty of banned book, apparently.

Recommendations for your son: Gregor the Overlander series and The Lightning Thief series. I have twelve-year-old son, so I can provide even more, if you want.

I also did a banned book review through Tahereh's blog.

Name: Aine said...

Books your son may like, if he's middle grade:

Percy Jackson series
Spiderwick series
The Kane Chronicles series
Fablehaven series
Bran Hambric series
Skulduggery Pleasant series

And a YA that he may like (tho it might be a good idea to read it before or with him)

WHITE CAT by Holly Black