Saturday, September 24, 2011

Banned Book Week: Giveaway & Blog Hop

It's BANNED BOOKS WEEK! What's banned book week? ALA has a fabulous write up about this event here and a complete list of banned books from the 21st century here. It's this list of Classic Banned Books that astounds me and makes me want to scratch my head and go "really?!" Some of these books include historical events, like Gone With the Wind and The Grapes of Wrath.

Banned Books Week is a week we at Mundie Moms proudly sponsor (you can read all about last year's celebrations here), because as parents we feel no one has the right to tell our children what to read, but we the parent. Reading is FREEDOM. It's freedom to express ourselves, it's freedom in learning and imagination and most importantly reading allows us to feel befriended, comforted, empowered, heard, understood, makes us feel like we belong, and it gives us a voice and a place to escape to. No one has the right to take that away.

Ignorance isn't always bliss, and Book Banning is often times fueled by ignorance. Why? Because more often than not the book that gets banned is voted on by people who have not read it. I mean at least one person has read, but the rest of the group hasn't always. Now, I'm not saying a parent does not have the right to say "My child should not read this book". That's a parent's responsibility and I fully 100% feel a parent has the right to make that decision for THEIR CHILD. I put that in b0ld, because here's were my passion for this issues lies, No parent, teacher, administrator etc has the right to make that decision for everyone else's children, especially MINE. At all. They do not know my child the way I do and therefore do not have the right to assume a certain book is inappropriate for them, but I do. I know what my kids can and can't handle.

Each of us comes from completely different back grounds, religious beliefs, cultures and so forth. Diversity is what makes us, well us. No two people are alike, and no two people have the same experiences. They may experience similar things, but they're never exactly the same, which is similar to reading a book. No two people are going to get the same thing out of the same book. No two people grow up with the same childhood either. I grew up in loving environment, but my dear old friend "Jane" grew up in a home that was anything than loving. Maybe if she had the opportunity to read a book by Ellen Hopkins or Cheryl Rainfield, it would have helped her overcome the horrendous, unthinkable, unimaginable things she was dealing with. Who's to say that if I had read a book like theirs growing up I might have had more of an insight to what my friend was dealing with so I could have understood her situation more. A book like that would have helped her, and that's what truly matters.

No one can ever understand things like abuse of any kind, or rape unless they themselves have experienced it and survived it. I know people who have dwelt with both, and in regards to rape maybe a book like SPEAK would have empowered them and helped them find their voice instead of feeling ashamed about what happened to them. It wasn't their fault. I know that and a book like that would have helped them understand that as well. Books are powerful and they speak to each of us on different levels. Just because a book contains subject matter that I don't agree does not mean it doesn't have subject matter that someone else needs to read. You never know when a book will give someone the voice and comfort they so desperately need, especially when no one else around them is listening to them or paying attention to them or understands them and what they're dealing with and going through. No one has the right to take the away.

Now that I've raved on longer than I meant to it's on to THE GIVEAWAY & Hop information!

To kick off our week long celebration of Banned Books we've joined the Banned Book Week Hop hosted by Kathy from I Am A Read, Not A Writer and Jen from I Read Banned Books.

I'm giving away one of my favorites from the Banned Books list:

The Giver by Lois Lowry
Originally released on March 29th, 1993
Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Jonas's world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.

TO ENTER to win:
- Leave me a comment letting me know what your favorite banned book is along with your 1st name and email address
- This giveaway ends on October 1st, 2011 and the winner will be announced on Sunday October 2nd, 2011
- 1 comment per person, please
- This is open internationally, but international shipping rules apply

Go HERE to get the complete list of the over 250 bloggers who are participating in this hop. Each of these stops is hosting a giveaway that goes along with book banning.

Don't forget to go check out the NEW BANNED BOOKS WEEK site!


  1. My favorite banned books are the Harry Potter series.

    Thank you for the giveaway =)


  2. My favorite is Anne Frank

    ctymice at gmail dot com

  3. My favorite banned book is To Kill a Mockingbird. Thanks for the giveaway!

    alias.known.yo at gmail dot com

  4. It seems that most of my favorites are banned books: Harry Potter, Hunger Games, the Giver, just to name a few.

    Jex @ Everything and Nothing

  5. My favourite banned book is Witches by Roald Dahl.


  6. All the good books have been banned at some point... One of my favorites is Lord of the Rings

    Susie C.

  7. Susie- That is so true!

    I love seeing this fabulous list of books you guys have posted. Again it begs the question why the heck any of them have ever been banned in the first place.

  8. Been hearing such good things about this book. New follower. I think this might be one of the better giveaways going on.

  9. I'll say Lord of the Flies and Twilight.

  10. My favorite banned book has always been The Diary of A Young Girl by Anne Frank. I re-read it last year in honor of Banned Books Week.

    Sarah - sarah AT

  11. To Kill a Mockingbird is my favorite. I also liked The Kite Runner.

    mittens0831 at aol dot com

  12. I love The Catcher in the Rye. It is an amazing novel.

    ajiehuang1997 AT gmail DOT com

  13. graphes of wrath,
    jbarrett5 at

    thanks for having the hop

  14. My favourite banned book has to be My Sisters Keeper.

    I think that schools shouldn't deprive children, who wouldn't normally read, of these moving and raw emotional books.

    For instance, this book my sisters keeper, introduced me to a whole new genre of reading. Before, I liked books about spies and shooting and murder. Now, while I still like those books, the heartfelt pain and emotion in Jodi Picoult's books, makes her one of my favourite authors to date. She writes books you can relate to, even though your problems seem minuscule compared to some of the characters.

    So that's why I read banned books. That's why My sisters keeper is my favourite. And that's why YA Saves.



  15. My favorite banned book is The Golden Compass (actually, the whole His Dark Materials trilogy).

  16. My favorite band book or I should say books are the Harry Potter series. Thanks so much for the giveaway! I haven't read The Giver in a long time.

  17. My favorite banned book would have to be The Hunger Games! Amazing!


  18. Hopping by to personally thank you for being a part of the hop this year!


  19. Well, I think someone picked it a few comments back, but I think To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my all time favorites.

  20. I love that the Merriam Webster and the American Heritage Dictionaries have been banned for including slang definitions for words.

    candicerjames [at] gmail [dot] com

  21. The Wasp Factory

  22. Thanks for the giveaway! I love To Kill a Mockingbird! A new one that I love is The Hunger Games!

  23. One of my favorites is the Diary of Anne Frank.
    Best wishes and thanks for your generous contribution to this very important banned book blog hop!

  24. My fave is The Giver, but another of my faves is the Harry Potter series :)

    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  25. I've enjoyed a lot of the recently banned/challenged books: Da Vinci Code, Twilight, Hunger Games.

  26. My favorites would have to be the Harry Potter series, Twilight, Lord of the Rings, and the Hunger Games series. Really???!!! Thanks for doing this!

    widsfam7 @ digis dot net

  27. Not entering the giveaway. Posted on Murder She Writes but reposting where I can, to say thank you for raising this issue.

    Went to American Library Association website for list of banned/challenged books.

    Happy to say, I’ve read most of the classics, or consciously chose not to read a few, but was floored to see To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee; 1984, by George Orwell; A Farewell to Arms and For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway; Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell; and Sophie’s Choice, by William Styron, to name a few on the short list.

    A commenter there pointed out that the Bible often is banned.

  28. My fave book on the challenged list is Laurie Halse Anderson's "Speak". Of course, I love quite a few of the others, too!
    Ree - literaryobsession at me dot com

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  29. My fave banned book is probably To Kill A Mockingbird or Twelfth Night or maybe Witches by Roald Dahl. So many great banned books. :)



  30. My favs so far are the Harry Potter series and this book ..The Giver! --Thanks for the chance.

  31. Didn't realize that Harry Potter was actually banned, but it is one of my top favorites!

    marciclark88 at gmail dot com

  32. My favorite banned books would probaby be the Harry Potter and Twilight series, so funny that they're considered to be banned/challenged books =P
    Thanks for hosting this giveaway!! =)

    GFC Follower: SpadesHighReads
    TValeros18 AT gmail DOT com

  33. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut :D Banning books is such a waste! :)

  34. The Hunger Games was the first book I could ever really say I was absolutely in love with about. I was appalled when I found out people were banning them :[
    Thanks for the awesome contest. I've never actually read this one, but I've always wanted to :]

  35. GCF- Christine A.

    your1chef at aol dot com

    Gone with the Wind- sad that it is on the list. Thanks for the giveaway.

  36. My favorite banned books are Harry potter series, My Sister’s Keeper and His Dark Materials trilogy.
    Thank you for raising this issue!
    when I found out that people were banning books, I was shocked and horrofied...
    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.Really.


  37. My fave is lord of the flies. linda slade