Jump on the 'banned' wagon—September 20, 2013
We have all had our favorite books throughout the years.
I remember when I was young I had a book and record combination of Disney’s Robin Hood. I listened to that story over and over until the record wore out and the pages of the book fell apart.
As I got older I didn’t have as many favorite books like that one until I was in my 20’s and I read the Catcher in the Rye. Man, did that book turn things around for me! That’s when my love for books really began. At that point I had never heard of anyone wanting to ban books or tell me that I couldn’t read something because they objected to what was in it. When I found out that Catcher in the Rye was one of those books, I couldn’t believe it; someone wanted that book banned from not just school libraries but from all libraries. Someone did not approve of me reading that book, so I started looking up banned books to see what other books they did not want me to read, and I started reading those titles and I loved them!
Isn’t it strange that when someone tells you not to do something it makes you want to go and do it? I am not saying that it is good to have that philosophy with everything, but if you want to read a book, do it! I will say now that I am a mother, I will be monitoring what my son reads, but I am the only one that has the right to tell him that he cannot read a particular book.
I encourage parents to take a look at what your children are reading, what video games they are playing, and what movies they are watching. Are these items age appropriate for your child? If your child brings home a book that you are unfamiliar with I recommend that you read the book first or read the book together and discuss the book, have a family book club, one month your child gets to pick out a book and the next month you get to pick out the book. This helps you as a parent become aware of what they are reading and also helps your child learn how to discuss books; it gives them the tools they will need to be able to discuss many things with you in the future.
Reading and discussing books helps to bring families closer together.
Jump on the “Banned” wagon and “Check” out your favorite book today!