Banned Books Week 2018

Banned Books Week 2018
Lea Morton

Libraries in many countries promoted Banned Book Week.

Have you read a banned book? Have you discussed it with family and friends?

Libraries in many countries promoted Banned Book Week.  This 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.

What does the role of censorship have in our community? The IB Learner Profile includes the concept Open-Minded. This expresses the idea that we should appreciate our own cultures and histories as well as the values and traditions of others. Students learn to seek and evaluate a range of points of views, allowing them to grow their knowledge.

It may come as a surprise to know that the following classics at one time (and even now) made it to a Banned Book List somewhere in the world.

  • Junie B. Jones, by Barbara Park

  • A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L'Engle

  • Harry Potter, by J.K. Rowling.

  • The Giving Tree by Shel Shel Silverstein

  • The Catcher in the Rye, by JD Salinger.

  • The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck.

  • To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

  • The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding.

Reflection is another area that we strive to develop through the IB Learner Profile where students are encouraged to thoughtfully consider the world and their own ideas. Perhaps you could discuss the books you read, to come to a bigger understanding of the role literature plays in our global community.

The School Library Journal reported that the book Drama is banned in some libraries. It is very popular at our school. Why would it make it to a Banned Book List? This was the question I asked Grade 4! Discussing books at home is important. Hope you can have some meaningful discussion together.

  • Grade 4

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It has been great to see the art contributions and hear the important discussions that have taken place and note how this competition has supported learning.