Penguins, Giveaways & More Banned Books

I know Banned Book Week is over, but I’m still thinking about it today. I guess that’s part of the beauty of a banned book. They actually make you think.

I enjoyed re-reading Forever by Judy Blume, although I have to say, I have a completely different perspective on the book now that I’m a parent. I still laugh at the name Ralph and I still get why I dog earred “the good” pages! But I also remember being really mad about the way Kath and Michael split up, thinking she was such a idiot. Now I understand. I’ve been her. I’ve done the same thing to someone I thought I loved.

This time through the book, parts of it almost felt like an instruction manual: How to be Responsible if you Choose to have Sex as a Teenager. Blume was never heavy handed, but as a parent, I realize how valuable this information could be for someone, especially a teen who has no one to talk to. I was also amazed by how good the writing still is. I don’t always feel that way about books that were published 30 years ago. Yes, believe it or not, in March Forever will be 30 years old!

I also enjoyed reading And Tango Makes Three with my kids. The story is wonderful and it gave us a chance to talk about different types of families. Not that this is a new subject in our house. My daughter has had a friend since preschool who has two moms and the two guys who live down the street from my parents have the best house at Halloween. Because we have different types of families in our lives, it’s all normal to my children.

I haven’t done a giveaway in a while and I thought it might be fun to share And Tango Makes Three with other families. So if you would like this book to read to your kids, leave me a comment and let me know. But here’s the deal: I want you to read it to kids (yours or someone else’s), talk about it and then pass it on to another family. I want this book to get into the hands of as many people as possible. We’ll sign and date the front before we send it out, and then you can do the same before you pass it on. Even if you don’t have little kids, this book is a great story about love, family and penguins!

Even if you don’t want the book, leave a comment and let me know what you read during Banned Book Week. I’m always looking for a good story πŸ˜€