Thursday, October 4, 2007

"Heather Has Two Mommies..."

I guess there really isn't any such thing as a politically innocent children's book! This video, although it's somewhat in jest, is a good one for Banned Books Week. This is a time when we are supposed to be reflecting on the freedom of us all to read, create, and disseminate whatever information we want. This video from Jon Stewart's The Daily Show reminds us of that.

This is ALA's information on their annual Banned Books Week, which takes place each autumn to raise awareness about intellectual freedom in America. It explains the difference between a ban and a challenge, how to celebrate BBW virtually, and answers frequently asked questions. I think the most interesting portion of the site is the lists of past challenged books and authors. So many of them are my favorites (Of Mice and Men, To Kill a Mockingbird, James and the Giant Peach) and it makes me a little sad that someone would want to deprive people of these wonderful texts. I'm also really curious as to what on earth was "inappropriate" about Where's Waldo? Come on...

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