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Happy Banned Books Week 2012, Everybody!

 

Seems like it was just Banned Books Week but the annual celebration is once again upon us. Held in late September/early October, the 30-year-old event reminds participants about the importance of open access to information and ideas.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that queer texts like Heather Has Two Mommies  and Stuck Rubber Baby are among the most frequently challenged books by library boards, schools and community groups.  (Other list toppers: James and the Giant Peach, The Harry Potter books and anything by Judy Blume.)

The American Library Association has a lot in store for the 30th anniversary, including the 50 State Salute to Banned Books Week and a Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out page, which lets readers upload videos of themselves reading from their favorite banned or challenged title.

So grab your camera phone and a copy of Daddy’s Roommate, and get crackin’!

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