When it comes to censoring books, few people are more qualified to speak than Judy Blume, whose children’s books have ended up on most-questioned lists at schools and libraries across the country for decades.
So in honor of the American Library Association’s annual Banned Books Week, which starts on Saturday, here’s Blume talking about the effect censoring books has on kids. It’s the Video of the Week. Money quote:
“They’re sending a message that books are dangerous, there’s something in this book we don’t want you to know, we don’t want to talk about what’s in this book, we don’t want you to ask us questions about what’s in this book.”
The ALA is also sponsoring a “Virtual Read-Out” for Banned Books Week, where people can upload videos of themselves (or others) reading parts of books that have been censored or challenged.
The chairman of the Empire State Book Festival, Rocco Staino, wrote at the Huffington Post earlier this month about books about censorship for kids and teens (leading with the all-time king, Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451”).
More locally, our friends at Taylor Books have been featuring snippets from frequently banned books on their blog.
And because we’re feeling generous, here’s a bonus Video of the Week, from the good folks at the Gottesman Libraries at Columbia University. It’s a quick montage of the 100 most frequently challenged books of the 20th century.