This week I’ll be sharing a photo series that celebrates banned or challenged books – check out Facebook or Instagram for daily updates, or check back here on my blog where I’ll be posting several days’ worth a couple of times this week.
Happy Banned Books Week! This year’s BBW is celebrating books by and about diverse and marginalized people, so why not start with some picture books that are sure to broaden a child’s empathy and worldview in truly horrifying ways – such as celebrating a win in civil rights and accepting people for who they really are. It’s shocking, really.
ALL kids can learn an important lesson from a brave librarian in Afghanistan who happens to be Muslim – and that lesson is NOT teaching children to pray to Allah against their Christian parents’ wishes.
Maybe, just maybe, the lesson is that a person who is dedicated to something important, like the preservation of their culture’s literature, can find creative ways to work for a greater purpose. But hey, that couldn’t possibly be this book’s message…could it?
Not all books are formally challenged or banned – some are victims of soft censorship. Dis-inviting authors from school visits and deciding not to order a book for a school or classroom library based on personal beliefs is a violation of children’s right to read freely.
Books with transgender characters or characters fighting addiction may be the mirror or window desperately needed by a child. How dare school district administrators or librarians act as gatekeepers and deny them that opportunity?