I’m betting that 99.99% of you have probably already figured out that I’m kind of wild for intellectual freedom. Book banning drives me nuts.
That isn’t to say that I’m against a parent saying “No, that book is a bit much for you” if the content is too emotionally advanced for their child. After all, that’s part of a parent’s job. But challenging a book because it has gay characters or transgender characters or the teens in the book are portrayed in a realistic way? Umm . . . no.
The ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom put together this graphic about the 10 most challenged books of 2016. I have to admit that there two books on the list that I know nothing about — Big Hard Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction and Make Something Up by Chuck Palahniuk.
But there are other books on this list that I’ve read and highly recommend — depending on your child’s age, both physically and emotionally. Intellectual freedom is one of our most important building blocks and one that you should be concerned with if you are a writer.
My son’s biggest regret? That I haven’t managed to get banned yet and he’s about to graduate. Gotta love ’em.