As you can see, I don't blog frequently or have a huge array of followers (but for those of you that do follow and read - I LOVE YOU!! SO MUCH! Hai!!) so this may in fact end up kind of silly.
Look down there... I usually only have one amazing person commenting on any given blog post - so the fact that I'm doing a contest may end up being rather laughable.
Laughable, silly... yes, indeed.
I still can't stop myself. It's almost, nearly, just about Banned Book Week. I can't stand for it. Well, I can stand for Banned Book Week - but not for Banned books. I've never understood this concept of censorship. If you feel something isn't appropriate for your child to read - then monitor it. Please don't try to dictate what my kids (or me!!) have access to. I was lucky that I grew up in a family that didn't really censor my books/music access. Sometimes there were clear lines drawn - especially for age appropriateness, but as I got older, my parents felt okay with letting me decide what I could handle reading/listening to. I hope to do the same with my kids.
Some banned/challenged books have been favorites of mine. Others not so much. I'd still love for others to have a chance to read them...
Most recently there has been quite an uproar over the challenge to Laurie Halse Anderson's book, Speak.
I would love to attempt to give this topic some face time, but quite frankly - I feel it's been so eloquently handled by others that I will leave it to them, but I want to say that I SUPPORT SPEAK!
Who I recommend reading on this subject (hope you don't mind me linking to ya - cuz you rock!):
Laurie Halse Anderson
The ALA has listed the top 10 most challenged books from the last year. Read banned books!
DIDN'T YOU SAY SOMETHING ABOUT A CONTEST? GET ON WITH IT WOMAN!!!
Okay... So - here is my plan. Comment here with your favorite banned book and you are entered. Easy Peasy right? Considering you may be the only one commenting - your odds could be spectacular! ;) If you tweet this contest or blog about it or somehow in some other way mention it - you will get an extra entry into the contest if you note that in your comment. Also - please note in the comments if you are blogging about banned books this week or are having a BBW contest.
So what do you get? Well, the winner - picked randomly from the comments (if there are more than one!) - will have their choice of one the following banned books sent to them. I should be able to ship internationally, so go ahead and enter!
This contest will run through the 2010 celebration of Banned Books Week, from September 25 through October 2. I will post the winner sometime the week of October 3.
Thanks for supporting banned books (and me and this little blog thing!)