Hey! Did you all see that last week was Banned Books Week? Did you check out any of the displays in your libraries and bookstores? I thought they were all pretty neat and, let’s be honest, ridonkculous. Blue Elephant Bookshop in Decatur was kind enough to let me take some snapshots of their snazzy display. You can visit their online store here. Like this one:
Banned from the Elementary school reading list in a town in Texas because one school board member got the author, Bill Martin, confused with another Bill Martin, an obscure Ethical Marxist writer. The board member said the book expressed “very strong critiques of capitalism and the American system.” Whoops! Forget to check your facts, there.
Here are some others I thought were interesting.
The bookmark reads: “To Kill a Mockingbird was challenged in many states for strong language, talk of rape and racial themes. The book was outright banned in Lindale, Texas for conflictivity with community values. (ala.org)”
Just because Banned Book Week has officially ended, it doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy any of these titles… unless, of course, you live in a state where they’ve been banned. And you can read them while wearing this T-shirt.