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The Freedom To Read: Free, print-ready poster of one of my favorite Judy Blume quotes #BannedBooksWeek



In honor of Banned Books Week, I've illustrated one of my favorite Judy Blume quotes:

"Having the freedom to read and the freedom to choose is one of the best gifts my parents ever gave me."

I was lucky that way, too. My father used to take the whole family to our local public library every week, and we kids could choose whatever books we wanted. My parents never questioned my choices, and I will always be grateful to them for that trust.

You can download a free, print-ready poster here.

Also see my Print-Ready Archives as well as my Illustrating Judy Blume resource.


Sept. 22-28, 2013 is Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week is the national book community's annual celebration of the freedom of read. The event was launched in 1982 in response to the surge in number of challenges to books in schools, libraries and bookstores. You can find a list of the 10 most challenged titles of 2012 on the Banned Books Week website.

My friend Cheryl Rainfield, author of challenged book SCARS and the upcoming STAINED wrote a beautiful poem about the sadness of banned books.

On Twitter, follow the #bannedbooksweek hashtag for related tweets.

Also see the Banned Books Week website for more info about how the community is celebrating the freedom to read, and what you can do to help.