Monday, February 23, 2009

Freedom To Read Week

Freedom to Read Week 2009

It’s Freedom to Read Week in Canada! The official website has a ton of resources for how to celebrate. Fascinating to read the list of challenged books and magazines. Pick one up in support of our freedom to choose our own boundaries.

I can’t say I have a specific experience with book banning, but I can recall the buzz surrounding one of Judy Blume’s books. I think it was Forever. And if memory serves (hey, grade six was a loooong time ago) Deenie was also considered pretty shady. Can’t recall who exactly raised the fuss, whether it was just casual disapproval or more formalized as in a complaint from a parent. I do know that I read both. Particularly Deenie. I loved it. We girls passed it around at school, lending it to each other to read. I still remember Deenie’s hatred of her scoliosis brace. At a time when body image was becoming something I was starting to be aware of, and not in a good way, it was an important book to me.

Were you ever forbidden to read a book you really wanted to read?

May we always have access to books that are important to us, whatever our definition of important may be.


Peggy Collins said...

Yes, Judy Blume - are you there god it's me margaret!
My mom let me read whatever I wanted, and I did, I devoured everything whether it was appropriate or not. But I went to a catholic school and a few times my mother was called in when they questioned the books I was reading... she ALWAYS defended my choices that way. Funny enough, the librarian also 'snuck' me books she thought should be allowed, her philosophy was that if a kid wants to read - read they should. It made me feel special, a little bit bad and very privileged!

Lizann Flatt said...

You had one terrific mom and a wonderful librarian!! What a great story. Thanks for sharing.