Sunday, September 26, 2010


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!
Here is a list compiled by Natalie at Mindful Musings. I can only imagine how much time and effort went into contacting everyone and gathering all this information, and I thank her for it, because it makes it so much easier to find.
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 (here): 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. Visit them if you get a chance!
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
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)
Jessica Lei
Maria Romana
Abby Minard
The Mimosa Stimulus
Books and Things
Beyond the Trestle


  1. Wow, this is an incredible compilation! I want to do a series of censorship lessons with my library kiddos and I will definitely be using this post as a resource. Thank you!

  2. The credit goes to Natalie at Mindful Musings-who I imagine put in a lot of time and energy. I gladly pass along her hard work and spread the word. Visit her site if you get a chance! And thanks for stopping by. :)

  3. Tammy this topic got me so riled up the first time I read about it. We actually have some posts up on our blogs as well. (For the Love of Reading and Wicked.Sexy.Books.) I just don't get people I suppose. I love your post and It's awesome to have so many links to posts in one spot.

    In the Closet With a Bibliophile

  4. The blog is looking great Tammy! Thanks for the congratulations too :D

  5. Great post and I know how much love and hard work went into it.