September #InkRipples: Celebrating Banned Books

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on September 5, 2016 in Books, Events, Ink Ripples, Kai Strand, Mary Waibel |

Banned Books Week is coming up at the end of the month, so we thought it would be cool to talk about banned books for September #InkRipples. The American Library Association put together a video about the ten most challenged books in 2015 (their Banned & Challenged Books website has a ton of resources for parents, teachers, librarians, and book lovers).

It’s kind of strange that we have a week to recognize these books, that we need a week to do that. Let people read what they to read. Read things out of your comfort zone and learn something new or take in a new perspective. Monitor what your kids read and be ready to talk about the issues that might come up as a result. But don’t ban books or protest them. Just because something might make you uncomfortable, doesn’t mean there is something wrong with it. Check yourself, maybe it’s you that needs to be rethought.

Early on in my blogging days, I scoured my house to find all the banned and challenged books I owned. Then I draped myself in them and took a picture (you can see the original post here). I also talked about one of my favorite banned books THE GIVER by Lois Lowry. It’s been quite some time since I’ve read that one; I might have to pick it up this fall. What are some of your favorite banned/challenged books?


#InkRipples is a monthly meme created by Katie L. Carroll, Mary Waibel, and Kai Strand. We pick a topic (September is all about banned books), drop a ripple in the inkwell (i.e. write about it on our blogs), and see where the conversation goes. Be sure to check out Kai’s and Mary’s posts this month. We’d love to have you join in the conversation on your own blogs or on your social media page. Full details and each month’s topic can be found on my #InkRipples page.


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