In a few days, it's Banned Book Week and all the crazies who want to prevent young adults from reading literature that could save their lives will once again come out of the woodwork. To start, a man who refers to the rape scenes in the BRILLIANT book Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson as "pornography" and is fighting to have the book banned...this attitude is sick, disturbing and dangerous.
Books were a lifeline to me as a young adult (and still are) and I was blessed to be able to read whatever I wanted...I will speak loudly for others to have that RIGHT. As Twitter user @Miss_Tammy put it so well: "Don't want your kid to read a particular book? Fine. Don't want any other kids to read it either? Not fine."
Join the hashtag started on Twitter at #speakloudly. It's been an invigorating and inspiring conversation so far!