Friday, June 01, 2007

Top Ten Silly Reasons

HarperCollins set up a site for Banned Book Week 1995 which features a number of their books which have been banned over the years. Included is a silly top ten list. While it is good for a laugh, it is sobering to think that these children's books have been challenged for these reasons.

Top Ten Silly Reasons
to Ban a HarperCollins Children's Book

1. "Encourages children to break dishes so they won't have to dry them."
(A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein)

2. Children shouldn't be "scared by materials they read in school."
(Scary Stories by Alvin Schwartz)

3. The book "portrays the U.S. government as lacking in intelligence and responsibility."
(The Fragile Flag by Jane Langton)

4. The book "teaches children to spy."
(Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh)

5. "The little boy did not have any clothes on and it pictured his private area."
(In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak)

6. "Children are not ready for illustrations and conversation about jockstraps."
(The Dallas Titans Get Ready for Bed by Karla Kuskin)

7. School board members were concerned about a "sad ending."
(Alan and Naomi by Myron Levoy)

8. Challenged as a summer reading assignment because, "it sounds like pretty explicit stuff."
(The Contender by Robert Lipsyte)

9. The book is "demented."
(The Long Secret by Louise Fitzhugh.)

10. "Promotes cannibalism."
(Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein)

from the Banned Books Resource Guide by Robert P. Doyle, sponsored by the American Booksellers Association

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Whoever censored these books has gone out of hi or her mind. I have ready a lot of these books and I see no problem with them. Them censoring and banning books is a total violation of the freedom of the press. Our CONSTITUTIONAL freedom of the press.