The Witches by Roald Dahl
"Down with children! Do them in!
Boil their bones and fry their skin!
Bish them, sqwish them, bash them, mash them!
Break them, shake them, slash them, smash them!
Offer chocs with magic powder!
Say "Eat up" then say it louder.
Cram them full of sticky eats,
Send them home still guzzling sweets.
And in the morning little fools,
Go marching off to separate schools.
A girl feels sick and goes all pale.
She yells:"Hey look! I've grown a tail!"
A boywhos standing next to her
Screams, "Help I think I'm growing fur!"
Another shouts, "We look like freaks!
There's wiskers growing on our cheeks!"
A boy who was very tall
Cries out: "Whats wrong, I'm growing small!"
Four tiny legs begin to sprout
From everybody round about.
And all at once, all in a trice,
There are no children! Only MICE!"
The Grand High Witch, The Witches by Roald Dahl
Banned Books Week is a national celebration that focuses on the freedom to read. The main idea of celebrating is to remind everyone that no matter what their age is, they have the right to read the books and materials they choose to read. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 by the American Library Association when they noticed a large number of books being taken out of schools and libraries. Every year, hundreds of libraries around the country celebrate Banned Books Week by putting up displays of books that have been challenged or banned from a school, bookstore, or library. Some libraries host events in their library and read parts from their favorite banned books.
Librarians across the country use Banned Books Week each year to teach the importance of the freedom to read and the power of literature. The books featured on the Top 100 Challenged list have been targeted throughout for many different reasons. According to the American Library Association, when people want to remove books from libraries they usually do this with the best intentions. They want to protect others from difficult ideas and information.
Are you looking for a way to celebrate your freedom to read during Banned Books Week? Consider participating in the Banned Books Virtual Read-out!
Since the inception of Banned Books Week in 1982, libraries and bookstores throughout the country have staged local read-outs—a continuous reading of banned/challenged books—as part of their activities. Now in it's sixth year (2016), readers from around the world can participate in the Banned Books Virtual Read-Out by creating videos proclaiming the virtues of the freedom to read that will be featured on a dedicated YouTube channel.