Saturday, September 21, 2013

Banned Books Week Giveaway - OVER

9/29 Update:  Congratulations to the winner, Bethany N, entry # 233!  Thank you to everyone who liked Jane Reads!

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Welcome to the 3rd Annual Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop, hosted by Kathy at I AM A READER and Mary at BookHounds.  There are over 75 blogs participating in the hop this year.  This is the first year that Jane Reads has joined in the fun.

But first, a word from our sponsor:
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.  
(from the ALA website)

The American Library Association has compiled lists (per decade) of the top 100 books that have been challenged or banned from public libraries and schools most frequently since 1990.  At least 46 of Radcliffe's Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century have
been banned or challenged.  Some of these books may be controversial, but each reader (or parent) should decide, for oneself or for one's child, what to read.

1990 - 1999         |        2000 - 2009         |         Banned and Challenged Classics

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I was surprised to find these books, which were some of my favorites when I was growing up, included among the banned and challenged books.

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What about you?  

Are you surprised to see any of the books on the lists?  

Are any of your favorites present?

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Here's your opportunity to enter to win one of the challenged or banned books!  This hop starts September 22nd and ends on September 28th.  

The details:

This giveaway is international.
You must be 18+ to enter, or have your parent enter for you.
There will be one winner.
The winner will be notified by email.
The winner must respond within 48 hours, or another will be chosen.
All entries will be verified.

The loot:
$10 US, Amazon gift card or PayPal cash, winner's choice 

Now that you've entered here, check out the giveaways at the other participating blogs in the Hop (listed below), for many more chances to win!  Each blog has its own entry rules and geographic limits, so be sure to read the rules for each one.