Banned Books, Intolerance & A Contest

Because this is Banned Books Week, and because a young student at Rutgers college lost his life this week because of intolerance, I’m going to do a book giveaway.

And Tango Makes Three is a lovely book about a charming male penguin couple who desire to have a chick, and how a zookeeper helps this happen. It’s a beautiful book that teaches family isn’t always traditional.

I’m going to give away five copies of this book because And Tango Makes Three was one of the top 10 requested Banned Books in 2009, and because we need to be teaching our children tolerance in a world that’s still too filled with hate and bigotry.

Leave any comment you’d like. Tell me your favorite banned book, or any book you’ve read lately.

I’ll choose the five winners on Monday so be sure to come back on Monday to see if you’ve won. Winners will have 7 days to claim their prize or I’ll draw for new winners.

Banned Books Week, from September 25 to October 2 is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and remembering the rights under our First Amendment. It reminds us all about how harmful censorship is in any form, but especially in the form of that we as writers and readers take so seriously. All books, no matter what the content, should be available to be read.

No one should decide for us what should be available to be read.

And no one should persecute others because of who they love. My deepest sympathies go out to the family of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi.

You can read more about Banned Books Weeks here which includes all the links to all the awesome organizations who sponsor it.