“Banned Books Week at 30: New and Notable Efforts” caught my eye this week because it always surprises me that books can be banned. This year, Banned Books Week is celebrating its 30th anniversary. In high school I read Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and was shocked to learn that it is considered a banned book. At first I was shocked that my strict private school was allowing us to read a banned book, but after reading it and loving it, I could not imagine why people would not want to have children read such a great book.
What surprises me about banned books is that not only does it include classics but it also includes recent and popular novels. For example, the Harry Potter series, The Hunger Games Trilogy, and Lauren Myracle’s ttyl, ttfn, and l8r, g8r books.
These popular novels, most of which I have read, have been such a huge success. Yes, they are not as great as some classics, but they have succeeded in getting millions of children and adults across the world to read a book. I remember the lines and midnight releases and excitement when a new Harry Potter book would come out. These books got millions of people, who do not normally read books, to get engrossed in a massive series and to me that is a success and should be celebrated.
In an age where it is more and more difficult to get people interested in reading I think these books should be celebrated and not banned. Going through the list of banned books, some books just completely shock me that they are on the list when I think of other books that I have been forced to read that are not on the list. I understand that people want to protect children from certain things, but I think children are seeing and learning far worse things on tv and the internet then they are in popular books.
I think in this age where it is more of a struggle to get students to sit down and read a book that we should be celebrating anything they are reading, not banning it. What a different world we would live in, if no one had been allowed to read Harry Potter. A book is a book and we should embrace that.