This week the American Library Association is celebrating banned books and celebrating the freedom to read.
It’s amazing how many books have been banned in the past, and that many are still being banned today — mostly from libraries and schools. Some recent ones include “Perks of Being A Wallflower” (saw the movie this weekend and it was amazing!) and Philip Pullman’s “Dark Materials” series.
This marks the 30th year the ALA has celebrated banned books week. As an avid reader, I think it’s incredibly important for books never to be banned, and as a journalist, for voices never to be silenced.
We live in a country that prides itself on personal freedoms, and that includes reading anything we want. Teachers should never be stopped from bringing a wide range of books into the classroom for students to read and learn from.