Hey Kids, Monday is the Start of Banned Books Week….

Please read the first link and look over the second one. Think about what is happening today in regard to terrorism, violence, and the current crazy political landscape. Answer these questions in a conversation with  classmates:

  1. How does a book get “banned?”  Who bans it from whom?
  2. How does the historical context of a book affect the public’s reaction to it?
  3. Would a book considered objectionable in the 1960s or another decade be viewed more favorably today? Why or why not? Do the books banned in 2016 have a relationship with the current U.S. events and or politics?

What the List of Most Banned Books Says About Our Society’s Fears

http://www.ala.org/bbooks/

And here is Sherman Alexie briefly talking about his books being banned: