“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peacable to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Bill of Rights, US Constitution
Which banned books have YOU read? Bridge to Terabithia, A Wrinkle in Time? Fahrenheit 451? The Handmaid’s Tale? The Harry Potter series? Julie of the Wolves? Blubber?
In the infographic highlighted in an earlier post, you can see the top 100 banned books from 2000-2009. Take a look–you might be surprised at some of the included titles. What can you do?
Challenge yourself to read one of the books in a public place. Emphasize the power of reading, education, and connections with others. Tell others about your favorite books and characters and why they’re important to you. If we pledge ourselves to share and encourage and promote, then we can combat those who would rather hide, condemn, and censor. Start by telling us, sharing a photo of you and your favorite banned book, and how it changed you.
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