Banned Books Week

Dear Class,

This week, Sept 22-28, is Banned Books Week. It is a week to celebrate the freedom to read, and to raise awareness about the value of information and the harm of censorship. Banned Books Week is about supporting “the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular”. Banned books are books that are often forbidden–or that people want to make forbidden–in schools and libraries.

If you have read Harry Potter, you have read a banned book. If you studied The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, you have read a banned book. If you raced through The Hunger Games with Katniss or fell in love with a vampire in Twilight, you have read a banned book.

When you read, remember how powerful words can be. People ban books because they are afraid of how an idea may influence someone. Books can change the world: stand up for their right to.

Have a look at these quotations from authors whose books have been banned. Which quotation interests you the most? Leave your answer in the comments.

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