This week is Banned Books Week. Can you believe in today’s society that there are still jurisdictions that ban books. If you look at the lists over time, the number of ‘outlawed’ books decreases yet some of the same books are challenged time and time again. A new addition to the list is Harry Potter by JK Rowling. Really? Really? A book that spawned a generation of readers? A book that introduced the joy of imagination to millions of children that never had known the pleasure of a good read.
I remember picking up my son from the YMCA daycare the day one of the books was released. A majority of them were sitting or lying around READING! It was incredible and a moment I will never forget. I didn’t realized the impact of the book’s popularity until I saw the cross-section of ethnicities, economic backgrounds, and ages reading the SAME book. Absolutely amazing!
Take a few minutes and look at the list. I DARE YOU! Double dog dare you to read one of the top 100 with us that is/was on the list. GASP! Be a Rebel and READ! I promise I won’t tell.