September 23rd to 30th is Banned Book Week. The ALA is conducting a survey of favorite banned / challenged books. If you're interested, head on over and vote for your favorite. They also want to know why you picked that book, and why we should celebrate the freedom to read. I picked Lois Lowry's The Giver, but had several other favorites on the list as well.
As to why we should celebrate the freedom to read, well I think that it's because books expand our minds, and let us visit new places, and see things from other people's perspectives. And because everyone should have the experience of completely falling into a book, so deeply that the world around them disappears. For me, that's what reading is all about.