Bloggers Speak Out

Posted 23 September, 2010 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Bloggers Speak Out is a movement sparked by the recent article, “Filthy Books Demeaning to Republic Education” by Dr. Wesley Scroggins that was published in the Springfield, MO News-Leader on September 18th. In this article, Scroggins vehemently advocates the censorship of books in schools, and specifically requests that the following books be removed from the Republic school system: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler, and Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut. To show our support of these authors and to fight against book banning and censorship, we have decided to take action and speak out.

Below is a list of links of bloggers speaking out against book banning and censorship–in the form of giveaways, posts, and reviews. Some are “officially” participating in what we’re calling Bloggers Speak Out, and others are posts that we’ve found around the blogosphere. If you get time, you should definitely check them out! 

Giveaways of Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
**All giveaways will end on 10/3, unless otherwise noted**
Other Giveaways
**All giveaways will end on 10/3, unless otherwise noted**

Other Posts Against Book Banning and Censorship
Important Articles on the Subject
“Filthy Books Demeaning to Republic Education” (the article that started it all)
Republic School Book Choices under Fire” (Springfield News-Leader)

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3 Responses to “Bloggers Speak Out”

  1. Feel free to stop by my blog on Saturdays for “Saturdays, Uncensored!” It’s a weekly themed post on censorship in book banning that I’ve been doing for the past few months. I also host Giveways in conjunction with the banned book theme every once in a while (hint). 😉

  2. Thank you Mary for this post! It is amazing to me that people in this country still think that removing books from our students is somehow good for them. is running an interview series on book banning and censorship, beginning Saturday, 9/25. We also have several blogs on the topic, leading up to Banned Books Week.

    While I’m not pleased with the Scroggins situation, I am happy to see such vehement disagreement brewing around it!

  3. Roof Beam Reader, I do read and enjoy your Saturday posts but, this week, I’ll be sure to leave a comment.

    EdenStorySnoop, I look forward to reading your series. And I totally agree with you–it’s great to see the great conversations Scroggins unwittingly provoked.