Saturday, September 21, 2013

Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop

Saturday, September 21, 2013 with 4 comments

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read

September 22−28, 2013

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week 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.
By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. Check out the frequently challenged books section to explore the issues and controversies around book challenges and book banning. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.
For more information on getting involved with Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read, please see Calendar of EventsIdeas and Resources, and the new Banned Books Week site. You can also contact the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4220, or
(The above information comes directly from the Banned Books Week page on the ALA website.)

To view a full listing of the top ten books challenged/banned each year for the last decade, visit here or view PDFs of the lists in the BBW press kit.

To do my part to help support this worthy cause, I'll be giving away one of the frequently challenged books below to one lucky winner.  This giveaway is international, as long as the book is currently available at The Book Depository and TBD ships to your location.

The Perks of Being a WallflowerLooking for AlaskaEnder's Game (Ender's Saga, #1)When It Happens

And in light of the recent banning of Rainbow Rowell's first YA novel in the Anoka-Hennepin school district based on allegations that the book is "dangerously obscene", I'm adding it to the list of prize choices, too, even though it doesn't appear on the official banned/challenged books lists...yet.

Eleanor & Park


  • This giveaway is international. As long as The Book Depository ships to your location, you are good to go. (You can double-check that here.) 
  • One entry per household. 
  • Entries will be verified. Any entry found to be falsified will result in disqualification of all entries for that participant. 
  • Winner will be notified via email. Winner will then have 48 hours to respond before another winner will be selected. Please check your SPAM folder!!! 
  • We are not responsible for lost packages. 
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Now that you've entered here, be sure to check out all of the other stops on the Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop:

Thanks to the ladies at BookHounds and I Am A Reader, Not A Writer for hosting!


  1. I just finished reading Ender's Game last night. :D

    Now I'm even more curious about Eleanor & Park, so I'll definitely need to read it.

    Thank you for the giveaway and thank you for celebrating the freedom to read!

  2. Sometimes I'm so surprised at what ends up as a banned book like a few of these. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.


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