It’s Wednesday, September 28, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!
Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)
If you haven’t checked it out, ABOUT.COM is a wonderful resource for just about anything you can imagine. Today is Language Arts day and we want to spotlight the 2016 Calendar of Children’s Books. If you are looking for a theme or reading resource ideas or information for yourself, this is an excellent place to start.
When you get to the website, from the top of the page the calendar begins by giving you an overview of themes, holidays, events for the month with some suggested reading. Then as you scroll further down you’ll see specific dates (holidays, memorable days, events and days/dates with special meaning) with suggested reading. Each selection is linked and will lead you to a deeper explanation of the reading resource and more good ideas. Keep scrolling because each page is loaded with information.
If you scroll to today’s date, you’ll see that this week–9/26 through 10/1–is “BANNED BOOK WEEK”. About.com describes this week:
Celebrating the Freedom to Read is an annual event that is designed to bring attention to the threat of book censorship and celebrate the freedom to read. The six-day event starts the last week in September. This year, Banned Books Week will be held Monday through Saturday, September 26 – October 1, 2016.
When and why was Banned Books Week established? About answers:
In 1982, Banned Books Week (BBW) was started as a response to the jump in book challenges taking place in schools, libraries and bookstores (source: About Banned Books Week). For the many libraries that observe Banned Books Week, it’s a chance to educate the public about their freedom to read and the challenges to that freedom when someone wants a book completely removed from library shelves or limited access to it.
About says, “While Banned Books Week puts the spotlight on censorship and First Amendment rights, challenges, book banning and censoring happen year-round”. They provide many articles that will provide you with information on the subject. Check out BannedBookWeek.org for more information.
This is an interesting subject that you’ll want to discuss with your children. While many books may not be appropriate for you and your family to read, you’ll likely find that there may be books on the banned books list that you’ll want to read together as a family.