For those who are unaware, we are halfway through Banned Books Week. What is Banned Books Week, you ask? It is a week dedicated to voicing awareness that every year people attempt to challenge (meaning, attempt to remove or restrict) or ban (completely remove) a number of books in schools and libraries. It is a week dedicated to joining together to say "We Read Banned Books" and believe in the freedom to read.
There are many lists out there if you are curious about the most challenged books of all time to the most challenged books so far in 2015. The American Library Association (ALA) is one of your best go-to sources on the subject, as it is a dedicated source that "promotes the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one's opinions even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those viewpoints to all who wish to read them."
Last year I approached the week from an advocate, educational point-of-view and dove into the various reasons why books are challenged or banned, and listed out my favorite of books that have been attacked. This year, I wanted to have a bit more fun. I have curated a collection of prints, jewelry, clothing, home decorations, and even temporary tattoos for those of us who proudly and loudly support banned books and the reading freedom.
Want your bed to make the statement? How about that morning cup of coffee? Even your feet can let everyone know where you stand. I am most tempted by Out of Print (a personal favorite) this week, as 10% of all sells this week will go toward The Uprising Project (which is dedicated to ending the cycle of poverty through literacy, by providing new banned and challenged books to underprivileged teens free of charge).
I hope you enjoy this quirky collection, but most of all, I hope it inspires you to voice your opinion in some way for the freedom to read and pass along your love of "banned" books to someone you know.