Think back about …

Banned Books

You may have read them, or maybe your children did, but they are now banned in many parts of the country for today’s young readers: To Kill a Mockingbird, Beloved, The Handmaid’s Tale, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, 1984, The Catcher in the RyeHuckleberry Finn — the list goes on and on. Think back … what banned books have you read and how did they affect you? Why is book banning so prevalent? What is its impact on society? Share your Banned Books stories forward.

Stories on This Week's Writing Prompt

Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte
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In the Midwest, the voice of a wise, sweet spider as been silenced. Charlotte's Web is a banned book. Who would have thought?
Take It To The Limit
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I'm not sure I've ever encountered any banned books, but if I had, I would have made a point of reading them.
Don’t Obey in Advance
I felt uncomfortable packing the book and uncomfortable leaving it behind.
Maus
On May 10, 1933, university students burned more than 25,000 “un-German” books in Berlin’s Opera Square (pictured below). [...]
To Kill a Mockingbird
I was a voracious reader in my day and read many books that had been banned at one some point. I read most of them just for [...]
Dangerous!
I read banned books – to protest their banning of course,  but also because they’re invariably such good reads! As you [...]
1984: The “Groundhog Day” of Banned Books*
When I retired from my firm at the end of 2019, a lawyer with whom I had worked closely for many years gave me as a [...]

New Stories on Old Prompts

Check out the list of past prompts for inspiration.

Past Stories You May Have Missed

Coming Out to Esther, by Mark Leno
To come out was to announce to the world that one was a mentally ill outlaw. No wonder this was challenging to my parents.
Prompted By Being Different
November 20, 2017
Jackson’s Third Birthday
We know your passion for trucks, and so / We come to the park bearing trucks.
Prompted By Toys & Games
March 22, 2017

Think back about …

Banned Books

You may have read them, or maybe your children did, but they are now banned in many parts of the country for today’s young readers: To Kill a Mockingbird, Beloved, The Handmaid’s Tale, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, 1984, The Catcher in the RyeHuckleberry Finn — the list goes on and on. Think back … what banned books have you read and how did they affect you? Why is book banning so prevalent? What is its impact on society? Share your Banned Books stories forward.

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