Friday, September 20, 2019

Freeform Friday: Raise Awareness for Banned Books (and do it in STYLE)

This Freeform Friday, I've decided to highlight the plight of the Banned Book.  
Psst, Banned Books Week is coming up Sept 22-28!  

As an American citizen and anti-censorship advocate, I fully support the 1st Amendment which allows freedom of expression through words spoken or written.  I may not like what someone has to say.  I may, in fact, loathe it.  However, in the words of Noam Chomsky "If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all." 

In honor of Banned Books Week and in celebration of the freedom that I have to read and write whatever the shmell I want, I'd like highlight some fairly cool banned book goodies I have found after some careful combing of the interwebs (and don't worry...there's some book recs at the end).

NOTE: This post does NOT contain affiliate links.  
None.  Zip.  Zilch.  Zero.  
I don't make a single penny off posting the stuff I find. 
I just like to share cool book stuff with the world.

Click here to take a closer look.................................................................or here.

I want this quote from Ray Bradbury on EVERYTHING... 
Ray Bradbury Medium Dystopian Sci Fi Literary Quote Poster image 0

Or how about this poster of the entire banned book, The Giver, for your dorm room wall?
The Giver

And I loved these glow-in-the-dark buttons that discourage censorship!
Censorship Leaves Us in the Dark Buttons 12

This button referencing George Orwell's banned book 1984 needs to be mine. 
It also comes in red hat form, but I'm trying to keep things focused on books...
....and I don't wear hats.

And lastly, the Noam Chomsky quote I love in book bag form. *Swoon*

Now, just in case you are a little short on funds this week, I don't want to leave you high and dry.  Here are ten of my favorite banned or challenged books or series, in no particular order (except F451...cuz dang), that I'm sure you could find at the library.  Oh, and I've linked to our reviews if we have them.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
1984 by George Orwell
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
The Little House Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriquez
The Giver by Lois Lowry

Need more?  Click here to read all of our past posts about banned books!

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