Yeah, a day late... or two... whatever.
I'm having a terrible time finding a full list. I guess that's only to be expected.
I did find this fabulous list of Challenged Children's Books.
I don't understand banned books. I don't. I will be THE FIRST to admit that there are books (both on and off that list) that I think are inappropriate for my kids, for me, or just plain inappropriate. But that's my opinion. My value system. What right do I have to enforce that for the general public?
I DO, however, have the right and the duty to be aware of what my children are reading-- and to step in if it's something inappropriate. Or to read it with them if it's a book that deals with sensitive or difficult subjects.
And, frankly, some things are simply, universally wrong. Explicit and/or pornographic material should not be where kids can get their hands on it. Period. (Frankly, I think it shouldn't be anywhere for anyone, but whatever. Adults can make their own decisions.) And some of the books on the banned lists are bordering the pornographic.
What boggles the mind, though, is how many seemingly random books are on the list. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing? Seriously?? You've got to be kidding me. Ditto to James and the Giant Peach... and soooooo many others.
I also LOVE how many of them are books I was REQUIRED to read at some point or another! LOL.
Also, couldn't help noticing that on the map of censorship, Utah is in the clear. Somewhat surprising given that this is probably the most conservative state in the country. I am amused.
So, what Banned Books do YOU love?? Me? I love a lot of them.