Monday, September 25, 2017

Check Out All Of The Banned Books Week Activities, Ideas & Resources

This week we celebrate Our Right To Read.  

It is Banned Books Week....September 24-30, 2017.  This annual celebration of the freedom to read will emphasize the important of the First Amendment this year, which guarantees our inherent right to read.  

According to the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) – which tracks reports of book challenges and bans and compiles an annual Top Ten Challenged Books List – there was an alarming 17% increase in book censorship complaints in 2016. Since most challenges are not reported, the actual number is probably much higher. Even more disturbing, while only 10% of the titles reported to OIF are normally removed from the institutions receiving the challenges, half of the most frequently challenged books were actually banned last year.
The Banned Books Week Coalition (BBWC) is responding with “Our Right To Read,” a celebration of the diverse range of ideas found in books, and our right as citizens to make our own intellectual choices.
And just as ALA's campaign states...

Words have power!  to fight censorship and give everyone the right to read. 
One of the coolest events taking place is the #RebelReader Twitter Tournament.  
ALA is encouraging all of us to tweet any of the action items above to the hashtag #RebelReader during Banned Books Week for a chance to win and be part of this awesome Twitter conversation.  You can find out more here
I just love following the conversation on Twitter #bannedbooksweek and everything be shared, so I can't wait to follow #RebelReader too.  
Also, I have brought together lots of resources, videos, the Banned Books Week YouTube Channel,
display ideas, activities and of course...lots of ideas for banned books to read.

You will find this Collection here.

Enjoy celebrating the right to read with your students, community and families this week.  

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