Celebrate the right to read during the first week of October, Banned Books Week. Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read, and highlights the free and open access to information. Banned Books Week also supports our freedom to seek and express ideas. Earlier this week, I went into Lucy’s Books and noticed the front window nearly covered with black. As I looked closer, I noticed owner, Patti Breidenbach had put up a clever window display celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Banned Books Week, October 1-7. I don’t want to spoil the surprise, but when I peeked in the window display to view a couple of the books that are banned, I was truly shocked! Stop by Lucy’s and see for yourself. Later in the same day, I talked to Alexa Butler who works at Beach Books in Seaside, and she showed me a display she had set up to celebrate Banned Books Week.
Among the books banned by Alabama in 1983 for being “a real downer,” is The Diary of Anne Frank. Other banned books include: Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Where’s Waldo by Martin Handford, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, and even fairy tales including Sleeping Beauty and Little Red Riding Hood. These are just some of the books that have been banned.
This year, for the first time ever, the National Council of Teachers of English are sponsoring a worldwide Virtual Readout. You are invited to post videos of yourselves reading portions of your favorite banned books on their website. All fifty states are celebrating, and you can visit the Banned Books website to learn more about activities going on throughout the country.
Spend some time this week reading your favorite banned books, and learn more about what books have been banned and why. October is National Book Month, and we’ll have more articles highlighting the world of literature. Be sure to visit Lucy’s Books and Beach Books. Lucy’s Books is hosting an author’s event on Tuesday, October 9 at 7:00. Portland author, , Lisamarie Jelderks, will be reading from her latest book, The Willamette Saloon Haunting.
Beach Books in Seaside, Oregon at 37 North Edgewood in the heart of downtown Seaside. Young Adult Monday, October 15. Hosting three authors for young adults, Kristin Paige Madonia Gordon, Lissa Price, and Tamara Ireland Stone. The featured authors’ books include: Gordon’s book, Fingerprints of You, Prices’ book, Starters, and Stone’s book, Time Between Us.
Kick off National Book Month by celebrating Banned Books Weeks and by finding time to read more.