I am going to be completely honest with you. I had no idea Banned Books Week existed. I know, I am slapping my hand as we speak. Literally :). I only found out about it when I came across an article titled Call it a Toni Morrison celebration: Banned Books Week 2016 will honor diverse writers from the LA Times.
The Banned Books Week is on Sept. 25- Oct. 1, 2016, and it will spotlight diversity. The Banned Books Week site can be found here for more detailed information.
Why diversity? Well, Charles Brownstein, chair of the Banned Books Week Coalition says, “It’s alarming to see so many diverse voices facing censorship.” The article from the LA Times also pointed out one author alone, Toni Morrison, has three books on the 100 most frequently challenged books: 1990–1999. Their titles are The Bluest Eye, Beloved, and Song of Solomon.
Here is an infographic that visually shows the increase in the amount of books challenged with diverse content.
So what can you do? The easiest and simplest way you can make a difference is read diverse books. If you already do, great, but if not step out of your comfort zone and pick up a diverse book. You might be saying where do I find one of those? Well, We Need Diverse Books has put together a handy little list for you to find them. Now you have no excuses.
I bought The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison. Which one did you buy?