Bloggers Speak Out – link collection

Natalie @ Mindful Musings has compiled the following list of links as part of her Bloggers Speak Out event.

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 I’m calling Bloggers Speak Out, and others are posts that I’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**

Papercut Reviews
Braintasia Books
Escape Through the Pages
Tina’s Book Reviews
Sea of Pages
Mrs. Deraps Reads
Moonlight Book Reviews
Cari’s Book Blog
Just Your Typical Book Blog
For What It’s Worth
Wondrous Reads (Ends 9/27)
Frankie Writes (Ends ?)
The Elliot Review (Ends ?)
The Bookologist (Ends ?)
La Femme Readers

Other Giveaways

**All giveaways will end on 10/3, unless otherwise noted**

-Lisa Schroeder: ARC of The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney (Ends 9/23)
-Will Write for Cake: Win Speak, Twenty Boy Summer, or Slaughterhouse Five
-Mindful Musings: Win Speak, Twenty Boy Summer, or Slaughterhouse Five
-Teens Read and Write: Win The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
-Mundie Moms: Win Speak, Burned, Twenty Boy Summer, or The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (Ends 9/26)
-Wicked Awesome Books: Win a “Filthy Books” Prize Pack
-Carol’s Prints: Win Speak and The Mockingbirds
-Myra McEntire: Win Speak, Twenty Boy Summer, or Harry Potter
-The Bookish Type: Win Speak or Twenty Boy Summer
-Bea’s Book Nook: Win Speak & an ALA Challenged Book (Ends 10/2)
-Sarah Ockler: Win a Wesley Scroggins Filthy Books Prize Pack (Ends 10/1)

Other Posts Against Book Banning and Censorship

Braintasia Books
Escape Through the Pages
As Told by Jen
Aine’s Realm
The Compulsive Reader
Once Upon a Bookcase
Daily Dose
Speak Loudly Book Drop @ Late Bloomer Online
A Life Bound by Books
Red House Books
Frankie Writes
Michelle’s Bookshelf
I Should Be Writing
The Undercover Book Lover
Punk Writer Kid
Lisa and Laura Write
Between the Covers
Another Book Junkie
Jenni Elyse
Eve’s Fan Garden
The Ultimate Dumpees
Reading the Best of the Best
The Pirate’s Bounty
Reclusive Bibliophile
Book Faery
Bloggers Heart Books
Book Swarm
Fantasy 4 Eva
The Ladybug Reads
The Lady Critic’s Library
Emilie’s Book World
Jacob’s Beloved
Just Your Typical Book Blog
Maggie’s Bookshelf
Basically Amazing Books
Novel Thoughts
Random Ramblings
Holes in my Brain
Readligion
Vision Quest Fail
Shelby Barwood
Supernatural Snark
Consumed by Books
Ann Marie Gamble
The Darker Side of the Fire
Katie’s Book Blog
Sassymonkey (BlogHer)
GreenBeanTeenQueen
Jessica Lei
Maria Romana
Abby Minard
The Mimosa Stimulus
Books and Things
Beyond the Trestle

Authors Speak Out

Laurie Halse Anderson: This guy thinks Speak is pornographic
Laurie Halse Anderson: The power of speaking loudly
Author Gayle Forman @ Eve’s Fan Garden
Author Saundra Mitchell @ Eve’s Fan Garden
Karen Rivers
Sarah Ockler: I Speak Loudly for Speak
Sarah Ockler: On Book Banning Zealots and Ostriches
Author Laura Manivong @ Page Turners
Cheryl Rainfield: Fight Against Ignorance
Myra McEntire: Speak Loudly: In Defense of Laurie Halse Anderson
Andrea Cremer: Speak Out
Natalie Standiford on Censorship @ Emily’s Reading Room

Important Articles on the Subject

“Filthy Books Demeaning to Republic Education” (the article that started it all)
Scroggins’ Official Complaint to the School Board (PDF)
“Republic School Book Choices under Fire” (Springfield News-Leader)
Laurie Halse Anderson’s Editiorial in the Springfield News-Leader
Sarah Ockler’s Editorial in the Springfield News-Leader
Natalie @ Mindful Musings’ Letter to the Editor in the Springfield News-Leader
Essay: Kurt Vonnegut’s Thoughts on the First Amendment