Good morning and happy Friday readers! We've made it to the end of another week, and where I am on the globe, the morning air is Crisp ™ , the sun is shining, and it's Halloween 1st. My favorite time of year. And, in case you missed it, this is also the tail end of Banned Books Week.
Banned Books Week is an annual awareness campaign, born from the fight against hate, ignorance, and bigotry, embracing the freedom to read and the books that inspire and speak to us. The first Banned Books Week took place in 1982 and is traditionally held in the last week of September. The idea behind Banned Books Week is to:
"Stress the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them and the requirement to keep material publicly available so that people can develop their own conclusions and opinions."
Not all banned books may present viewpoints and ideals you might agree with, though the bulk of banned books often center around marginalized perspectives. Some books are banned for arbitrary reasons, citing what proponents deem 'negative' and 'inappropriate' content for the youth, while ignoring the cultural insight and impact these reads have on their readers. In the resources and further reading below, I've linked the database for banned books, which also states the reasons why. I encourage you to explore the list, and hopefully, try out a few reads yourself.