This week was the American Library Association’s “Banned Books Week”. I haven’t had time to talk about it, and was feeling guilty about that. So I decided to see how many of the top ten banned books for 2007 I’ve already read.
I got three out of 10! Oh the horror! Usually I do much better than that!
I’ve read “The Color Purple”, “Huckleberry Finn” (several times!) And I’ve read the “Golden Compass”.
Out of the rest of the list – nothing. Most of the other books seem to be for teen readers – so maybe that’s why I haven’t read them. And really, none of them interest me.
I guess I understand why teen books get banned more often. Adults looking out after their kids. But from my experience, the best possible way to get a young person (or any person) to read a book is to tell them that they can’t.