Welcome to the Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop, hosted by Bookhounds and I Am a Reader.
First of all, “What is Banned Books Week”?
Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. It focuses on efforts across the U.S. to remove or restrict access to books. I’m going to put on my librarian hat here to say that the reasons that someone might want to restrict access to, or ban, a book are many and varied. While when someone says “banned books” most people thing of sex, in real life anything that makes some people uncomfortable will incite in those people the idea of banning that book so that other people aren’t exposed to whatever it is that just made them uncomfortable.
Violence gets challenged. Speaking truth to power gets challenged. Books that contain historical truths that make people uncomfortable get challenged. Books that appear to uphold an opposing, untraditional or unpopular viewpoint get challenged. And yes, books that include sexual references, or even merely seem to include sexual references, often get challenged.
As I said in my Banned Books Week post a few years ago, “Everything bothers somebody”. And if that somebody gets bothered enough, they may try to ban the book that bothered them.
But Banned Books Week celebrates the Freedom to Read. Just because a book upsets one person, or even a whole group of people, does not mean that those who are upset have the right to prevent others from reading that book. If one person’s meat is another person’s poison, then one person’s book to ban is another person’s book to cherish.
This year’s Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association;American Booksellers for Free Expression; the American Library Association;American Society of Journalists and Authors; Association of American Publishers; Comic Book Legal Defense Fund; the Freedom to Read Foundation; National Coalition Against Censorship; National Council of Teachers of English; National Association of College Stores; People for the American Way; PEN American Center and and Project Censored. And it is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.
For more information on Banned Books Week, including the absolutely fascinating lists of frequently challenged books, visit the official Banned Books Week site. The books on those list are guaranteed to contain more than a few surprises.
This year’s Banned Books Week especially celebrates Young Adult books, because books for teens are so frequently challenged.
In my own celebration of Banned Books Week, I’m participating in the Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop. The prize is either a $10 Gift Card or a $10 Book, so that you can get your own Banned Book to read.
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97 thoughts on “Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop”
I was surprised to find out Hop on Pop is on banned lists.
I was most surprised by all the Dr. Seuss books, The Giver, and also Harry Potter. They are all my favorite childhood books!
Harry Potter and Dr Seuss surprised me the most. 🙂 Thanks for the giveawway.
The Dr. Seuss books didn’t just surprise me…My jaw dropped.
So sorry for all the misspellings. It’s the stylus I was using.
Like eeryone lse the DR. Sueess and Harry Potter. O maany rally. Thanks for your giveawy chance.
I was surprised to see The Perks of Being A Wallflower on there.
I can’t believe the Dr. Seuss books were banned! Thanks for this amazing giveaway – I would love to win!
I was most surprised to hear that parents at a Minnesota high school tried to ban “Eleanor & Park” by Rainbow Rowell, citing explicit language as their cause.
So many of my favorite childhood books… and some of the most momentous pieces of literary work in this century– ‘The Color Purple’, for example. :shakes head:
I was surprised to see The Perks of Being a Wallflower on the list.
I wouldn’t say I’m surprised by anything on the list; people can find a way to object to just about anything. But I did get a chuckle out of the Dr. Seuss books on the list. How ridiculous.
Surpised to see that Junie B Jones was banned
I can’t imagine a Dr. Seuss book being banned. There are so many books that are banned that I do not agree with.
Very surprised to see Hop on Pop!
Dr. Seuss books, that’s crazy!
So many surprised me, but the Dr. Seuss books and Moby Dick surprised me the most.
WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE by Maurice Sendak
Definitely the Dr. Suess book!
Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Diary. Really good book btw.
There was a math book that was challenged for cultural bias.
BRAVE NEW WORLD by ALDOUS HUXLEY
I was shocked with the Glass Castle. I read it and found it very interesting.
I read the whole list at the website. The ones I were surprised to learn were banned were the Dr. Suess books! Hop On Pop because it promotes violence towards a parent, (rolls my eyes). The more adult book I was surprised was on there was Brave New World. That was a required read in my college classes.
I was surprised by the dr. seuss books
That Charlotte’s Web and Winnie the Pooh would be banned because talking animals are an insult to God is mind boggling.
I was very surprised that the Dr. Seuss books have been banned.
I was surprised to read that A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein was banned.
I love that book and author!
I agree with most commenters, I was astounded that Dr. Seuss books would be banned! I guess I missed any underlying meanings! Thank you for the contest!
It always amazes me to hear any book is banned. People can be horribly foolish. I was so shocked when I heard about the attempt to ban the Harry Potter books. And Dr. Seuss?? That one is beyond comprehension.
Definitely Dr. Seuss books!
Junie B. Jones
I saw that Ramona the Brave by Beverly Cleary had been challenged!
I was surprised that ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,’ by L. Frank Baum was on the list
The Dr.Seuss books.
Thanks for the chance to win!
I’m still amazed that the Dr. Seuss books were challenged. I read them as a child and turned out okay…I think…..
Dr. Seuss always surprises me
I think Dr. Seuss books and Harry Potter books
It was actually hard to pick just one because a lot of the classics mentioned were required reading in my middle and high school classes…THE CALL OF THREE WILD, THE SCARLET LETTER, etc.
I, too, was most surprised about the Dr. Seuss books being banned or really any children’s book for that matter!
One book that really surprised me was Dr. Seuss’s Hop on Pop. Someone siting that it encouraged violence against fathers. All I can do is SMH.
Harry potter!!!! I mean….. WHY????
I was shocked that Dr Seuss is on that list!
I can’t believe the Dr. Seuss books were banned! Crazy!!
Moby Dick, I don’t recall any bad language or sex or anti-religion which seem to be the main reason books are banned. I could be wrong, it’s been about 25 years since I read it.
I always find Dr. Seuss books to be an odd choice for banning because if Dr. Seuss doesn’t pass muster what will?
The Dr. Seuss surprised me the most.
Dr Seuss surprised me the most!
I was surprised to see Dr Suess book Hop on Pop
I have worked in libraries for years and most of the books that are banned or challenged surprise me. I am always amazed how it seems every book can offend someone, for some reason. If it offends you, you don’t have to read it.
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Harry Potter and Dr Seuss 🙂
Charlotte’s Web surprised me.
Harry Potter. I really can’t fathom why it has been banned since it has a lot of positive messages!
Bridge to Terabithia was surprising
I was surprised to see Dr. Suess on this list. Do they know that elementary schools have a Dr. Suess day?? If the books were bad I highly doubt teachers would allow children to read them. Banned books list is ridiculous!
THE DR SUESS BOOKS.
It would have to be the Harry Potter books and the DR. Seuss books! Crazy!
Many of them surprised me, including my favorite, Of Mice and Men. Also, Dr. Seuss’ books.
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Hop on Pop really surprised me! So did If I Ran a Zoo….how can any Dr. Seuss book be on the banned list book?!
I can’t believe that Dr. Seuss books have been challenged before. What in the world could be offensive about them?
I was very surprised when I heard the Harry Potter books were banned. Its my favorite book series. :O
The Jaycee Dugard story surprised me. I have read it, and it’s just what happened to her.
I was surprised to see that Harry Potter has been banned. It is clearly not promoting the witchcraft that people think it is (and even if it was – freedom of religion, people!!)
To Kill a Mockingbird
Honestly? None of them. It seems like anyone can find something to be offended by in books these days. If I absolutely HAD to choose though, I’d say any of the Dr. Seuss books.
I was surprised to see Dr. Seuss. I can’t see how people can find anything he’s written offensive.
Junie B. Jones
I am all about the banned books. I recently made a video discussing some of the reasons some of my favorite books have been banned and a top 5 list of books I have read that are/were banned or challenged. Feel free to check it out https://youtu.be/KfJKhgl-yZI
I was surprised to see Dr. Seuss on that list! Thanks!
hop on pop. that made me laugh. there are books i absolutely loved on that banned list!
Dr. Seuss and Harry Potter books were surprising but then any banning of books is ridiculous, so it becomes not so surprising!
It’s crazy to see ANY Dr. Seuss books on the list!
Thanks for the chance to win 🙂
The Harry Potter books!
Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss
I was shocked about Dr. Seuss books. Are you kidding me??
Also, The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini.
I was surprised to see Dr. Seuss books on the list!
Dr Suess…. they are not even people! And the Dairy of Anne frank – it is real history!
couldn’t believe harry potter, duh it’s fiction, make believe, fantasy
Most of the picture books were shocking to me. Thanks for the giveaway.
I’d have to say the book that surprised me most because it was challenged has to Hop on Pop. I learned to read with those books and that book never once made me consider being violent towards my father….
I was genuinely surprised that The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls was recently banned. It was a beautiful memoir and proves that bad things happen, protecting your children from a book won’t change the reality of what is out there.
To Kill a Mockingbird, i mean really?
The House of Night series
Quite frankly, none of these surprise me. Not because I think they should be banned, but because people will find something wrong with anything.
I loved The GIver as a teenager, and I still reread it from time to time as an adult. I can’t believe anyone would want to ban it!
I was surprised to see some Dr. Seuss books
I have read and enjoyed so many books on the list, but I have a hard time believing the Dr. Seuss books are on it.
John Green books. I was surprised to find them one this on the list. I mean it’s 21st Century!
Where’s Waldo? Really??!!
The Dr Seuss books.
I was most surprised to hear about the Harry Potter books.
Oh my most definitly Dr. Suess!
I was surprised that any Dr. Seuss book would be banned.
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