Sunday, September 21, 2014

Banned Books Week 2014

It is Banned Books Week again and there are events and celebrations happening all over the country this week.  You can find a state by state list of what may be happening in your area HERE

Or… hop on over to YouTube to watch the 2014 Banned Books Virtual Read Out.  There are lots of participants - by authors, celebs and non-celebs, all passionate about speaking out against censorship. 

I like to keep a journal of my favorite quotes from books I have really enjoyed, so I thought I would share some of them here.  I hope you find them interesting and inspiring.

To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

"I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that Courage is a man with a gun in his hand.  It's when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what.  You rarely win, but sometimes you do.  Mrs. Dubose won, all ninety-eight pounds of her.  According to her views, she died beholden to nothing and nobody.  She was the bravest person I ever knew." pg 112

"It isn't okay to hate anybody."  pg. 246

                                 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - J.K. Rowling

"Always use the proper name for things.  Fear of a name increases fear of a thing itself." pg 298

"The truth," Dumbledore signed. "It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution." pg 298

                           And Tango Makes Three - Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

"Tango was the very first penguin in the zoo to have two daddies." np

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

"May the odds be ever in your favor." pg 19

The Giver - Lois Lowry

"Our people made that choice, the choice to go to Sameness.  Before my time, before the previous time, back and back and back and back.  We relinquished color when we relinquished sunshine and did away with difference.  We gained control of many things.  But we had to let go of others."  pg 95

                           The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian - Sherman Alexie

"He made me realize that hard work - that the act of finishing, of completing, of accomplishing a task - is joyous." pg 98

Annie on my Mind - Nancy Garden

"Don't punish yourselves for people's ignorant reactions to what we are.  Don't let ignorance win.  Let love." pg 232

Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury

"There must be something in books, things we can't imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there.  You don't stat for nothing." pg 51

What are some of your favorite Banned Books?

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