What is it about banned books that make us want to read them even more?
Here’s a list of titles for young readers that have been challenged or banned.
By Lois Lowry. “Violence” and claims that the book is too dark for children are two reasons this title about a young man’s coming-of-age in a dystopian future has been challenged.
By E.B. White. As recently as 2006, <SPOiLER ALERT> passages about the spider dying were criticized as being “inappropriate subject matter for a children’s book.”
The Wizard of Oz
By L. Frank Baum. This classic title was banned from libraries in Detroit for having “no value” for children and supporting “negativism.”
Charlie & the Chocolate Factory
By Roald Dahl. In the early 1970s, this delicious classic was labeled as “tasteless.”
Bridge to Terabithia
By Katherine Paterson. This title was challenged because of claims that it promoted witchcraft and violence.
Where the Wild Things Are
By Maurice Sendak. Some parents claimed this title was too dark and disturbing for young children, and would cause nightmares.
Harriet the Spy
By Louise Fitzhugh. Precocious Harriet was kept out of some schools and libraries “because it was said to set a bad example for children”.
By Dr. Seuss. This beloved children’s book was challenged in California because it was argued it would persuade children against the logging industry.
Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
By Sherman Alexie. This title about a14-year-old American Indian who leaves his school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white high school was pulled from school curricula because it uses graphic language and describes sexual acts.
« HAPPY BANNED BOOK WEEK! »
I know how you work
The ticks of your clock and your
Spinning cogs and wheels,
A fable to disguise nature.
You are a storm.
And how much I want those
Clouds and crushing waves to
Break over me.
Beloved and wearing me away.
We are elemental in this
Forever dance, where
Love and moonlight compels
Grain by grain,
I become myself again
Only to dissolve when we
The door opens and every time I hope its you but I know better; I know you’re not coming and that I’m hoping for nothing- that the promise was empty.
I love him and I miss him and I don’t know what to do with that.
translation: "Elegance is not being noticed, it is about being remembered."