Banned Book Hunt
This year for Banned Books Week, I utilized the painted rock craze and did a Banned Book Hunt.
I wanted to choose books suitable for different age groups. I narrowed it down to these four:
"Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak, banned for being "too dark" and for supernatural themes; "Captain Underpants" by Dav Pilkey, banned for insensitivity and being unsuited to age group, as well as encouraging children to disobey authority; "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky, banned for being "obscene" and its depiction of drug and alcohol use; "1984" by George Orwell, banned on social and political grounds, as well as sexual content.
I hid the rocks in different places around town, then posted clues during Banned Books Week in the Facebook Event Page for the activity. Finders got a copy of the book to keep!
There was a lot of interest and positive feedback about this event. I will probably do it again next year with different banned books.