Banned Books Throughout History

Read & Survive

September 26−October 2, 2016
Banned Books Week
is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types – in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

Moreover, one of my favorite trilogies, His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman was almost banned once. The Catholic League campaigned against The Golden Compass / Northern Lights, declaring that it promoted atheism and attacked Christianity…Well, that it did I guess.

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About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease's bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.
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17 Responses to Banned Books Throughout History

  1. Tish Farrell says:

    This is such a stark reminder of how often official bodies and others appoint themselves our moral guardians. Excellent post.

  2. That’s quite the list. Very informative. Thanks for sharing it. I don’t like the idea of banning anything.

  3. Deb says:

    Will be reading most of these as soon as I find them.

  4. The reason for banning Charlotte’s Web cracked me up: “Talking animals are blasphemous.” Wow. That wipes out 1/2 of the books read by preschoolers too. Amazing how many classics are included in the banned list!

  5. Very Interesting list Jennie thank you for sharing..

  6. A Kinder Way says:

    What an interesting post! I had no idea so many of these books were banned at one point. Incredible.

  7. Freedom!!
    So many people are afraid of freedom and so they attack it. What a world! Nice post, Jennie – keep it up. 🙂
    Kindness – Robert.

  8. halfcupful says:

    Interesting. Makes me want to read (or reread) them all!

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