Happy Banned Books Week!
Yes, it's that time of year again, when the American Library Association brings our attention to the issue of challenged and banned books.
As a writer and former English teacher, I have some very strong opinions about the practice of banning books. I'll let you guess what they are. :)
Anyway, I was noodling around on the ALA website and came upon the top 100 challenged books list, and was shocked once again to see so many author names I recognized. JK Rowling! Lois Lowry! Chris Crutcher! Caroline Cooney! Judy Blume!
It pains me to think how bare the shelves would be without those voices. How slim my childhood reading list would have been without many of the books on that list.
So here's my contest. Just post in the comments what your favorite banned book is. One random poster will win a download of my newest book, Lessons In Love.
And for more Banned Books discussion, stop by the Samhain Cafe now through Friday. A bunch of Samhain authors will be talking banned books, sharing excerpts of their own work, and giving away prizes.