It is banned books week, and though it comes around every year, this year, it hurts. There are so very many books being “banned.” You have to ask yourself, who is doing all this banning and for what reason? What are they afraid of? That our children might learn to think? That they might be exposed to views that differ from their parents’ views?
I was asked by the lovely Suswati Basu this week for my thoughts about the current situation surrounding book banning in the US. I’m horrified, as all thinking people ought to be, and I told her so. You can read my snippet within the entire article: Banned Books Week: a catastrophic threat to intellectual freedom.
I listened to another podcast just this morning led by my friend Tonya Todd, in which the participants discussed and guessed at why a book like Charlotte’s Web would be banned. Here is that YouTube link: