|Posted by K on February 25, 2013 at 6:35 PM||comments (0)|
Have any books ever been banned from your school library? Sadly, this happens all the time. While searching the web, I came across two authors who wrote about their favorite banned books. Here are exerpts from their essays.
Every time we read a book, a new universe appears inside us. Banning a book is like watching a constellation of stars die in the heavens. The light goes out and we will never know what happened in that particular universe.
I chose Where the Wild Things Are because it's one of those books that I just can't imagine not having inside my head. The images burn bright in my imagination. It was banned from a variety of schools and libraries when it first came out because it was deemed too scary and the boy didn't behave properly. I thought he was just acting like a normal, imaginative boy. Who wouldn't want to sail to an island full of beasts every once in awhile?
My heart goes out to the students who have been denied access to Philip Pullman's magnificent trilogy, The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass. But I am also sorry for the adults who closed their minds and hearts to the books and lost an opportunity to engage their own young people in discussion. I like to think that some of the deprived kids have sneaked into their public libraries and smuggled the banned books home.