Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Banned Books Week

I stumbled across the American Library Association's (ALA's) Banned Books Week site.  It's this week, September 22-28, 2013!  According to the site, this is an event that "brings together the entire book community -- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types -- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular."

This blog post is dedicated to all of those wonderful thoughts, words, ideas, expressions, themes, and feelings from books that are often banned or challenged.  I'm going to celebrate all of those wonderful things through my art and the art of others.  Below you'll find Etsy listings that are inspired by Banned Books week, a particular book, or reading in general.

Here's a listing from my Etsy shop that celebrates reading and a fabulous book that we've all probably read, "Alice in Wonderland".  This necklace was inspired by the book.

The rest of the listings in this blog post are from fellow Etsy artists, and they are soooooo talented!

This listing was inspired by a book that is often banned and challenged,Bradbury's "Farenheit 451".

Here's a listing to show off your pride in reading books that are often excluded or challenged!

I love these book earrings with the caution tape!

This bracelet is stamped with classics that have been banned and challenged.  Try to imagine a world without "Huckleberry Finn," "Carrie," "Clockwork Orange," "Lady Chatterly's Lover,"East of Eden," "Harry Potter," or "Wrinkle in Time." 

This listing would be fun to hang in your home, particularly in a spot that you enjoy reading a good book.

Lastly, this listing is a great way to speak out about censorship without saying a word.

Here's a link to a list of banned and challenged classics.  It'll get you in the mood to pick up a banned book and exercise your freedom!

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