Announcing The Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop – September 24th to October 1st

The 2011 Banned Books Week is just around the corner. With the help of Jen from I Read Banned Books I’m putting together a Banned Books Giveaway Hop. This will run similar to the hops I usually host but will have a requirement that you giveaway a banned or challenged book or include information about Banned Book Week as part of your giveaway post.

The dates for the hop are September 24th to October 1st.


1. The Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop Images needs to be part of your post.

2. Include the linky list with all the participating blogs at the end of your post OR link to this blog or I Read Banned Books.

3. You giveaway must be related to Banned Book Week – You can giveaway a book that has been banned or challenged or if you are giving away a gift card you must post some information about Banned Book Week.

4. Keep It Simple!! Keep the way to enter your giveaway as simple as possible. 1 Mandatory entry and no more than 5 optional extra entries. All entries must be able to be done on one visit to your blog – Entries such as tweet once a day are NOT allowed (tweeting once is fine).
Sample Post – From the Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop:
You must turn off word verification/CAPTCHA if you are requiring more than one comment for entries – If you are concerned about spam then enable comment moderation.

5. This must be a giveaway specifically for this hop and must run only the 8 days this hop is scheduled.

6. Keep your giveaway easy to find for the entire 8 days this hop is open. If you post often and your post does not stay near the top of your main blog page then please post a link to your giveaway at the top of your blog or sidebar. If we can’t easily find your giveaway you will be deleted from the linky.

My Opinion on Banned Books – From my 2010 Banned Books Week Post:

My take on Banned Book Week: All books have their place, but not all books belong on every shelf.

I believe it’s my responsibility as a parent to know what my children are watching, playing and reading. I don’t allow my children to watch R rated movies. I’m selective on which PG-13 movies I allow them to watch. Rated “M” video games are not allowed in our home. Although books don’t come with ratings I feel certain books are not appropriate for my children to read.

I believe in age appropriateness when it comes to books, movies and video games. Take the recent controversy over the book Speak. I’m a fairly conservative reader and I’ve read Speak. It’s a well written, powerful book, but I wouldn’t allow my children to read it at this point in their lives. It’s not age appropriate for my 10 year old daughter. If asked I would object if it were on the library shelves at our elementary school. However I feel Speak is a book that would be appropriate on the shelves of a high school.

I do admit there are certain books that I personally will never be old enough to read. I’m not a fan of strong language, graphic sex and gory violence in books, movies or television. There are many books I have put down or decided not to read due to their content. I’m not saying those books should be removed from a public library, but I am saying it’s my right as an informed reader to choose the books I will and won’t read. That’s not censorship, that’s making a choice on what is right for me and my family.

All books have their place, just not on my shelf.

This is just my opinion, if you disagree I respect your right to have your own opinion.

To sign up to host a banned books week giveaway just add your blog or website to the linky below. Please include your shipping information after your blog name.