Banned Books Week runs from September 24 until October 1. Here’s some more info from the American Library Association’s website:
Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.
I love this annual week; it always inspires me to reflect on why the freedom to read is so important to me—and why it’s important for kids and teens to have access to all kinds of books, especially in their school and public libraries.
There’s also something about BBW that makes reading “subversive” books cool and exciting. I still remember when my library branch distributed bookmarks that listed various banned books. As a teen, I would take that bookmark then march straight to the stacks and check out challenged books from Judy Blume and Ray Bradbury. (Click here to see a list of Frequently Challenged Books.)
We can all celebrate BBW by reading a challenged book or attending a library event—but I thought it would be fun to figure out another way of showing support for banned books. I saw these awesome accessories that incorporate banned books, and I had to share. Click the images to go to the vendors’ websites.
Have you seen any cool project ideas or products for sale that get you excited about banned books? Have you ever DIY’d something banned books-related? Please share in the comments!