One of the first is "10 Banned Books you might not expect."
- "Captain Underpants" was my little brother's only source of outside-of-school reading material in elementary school. They are reading aren't they? Let them read!
- Merriam Webster Dictionary and American Heritage Dictionary have both been banned in certain schools due to age inappropriate definitions including sexual terms and slang. I say: children are going to learn it somewhere, might as well give them the proper definition.
- Harry Potter series. Congratulations JK Rowling, all seven of your books (and probably the supplement books too) have been banned all over the place. I believe this should be celebrated because it is quite a feat to receive so much negative attention for writing a lovely coming of age book that does not include sex, swearing, or violence (ok, the last one is subjective).
- Grimm's Fairy Tales. Now that's just sad. I'd much rather read about Cinderella's step-sisters getting toes and heels chopped off than watch Disney's pc version. And my children are going to learn them too. Grimm's moral: don't be selfish. Disney's moral: get the prince.
Looking at the list of most banned books of 2009, I see a pattern in the reasons for banning books:
- sexually explicit
- offensive language
- unsuited to age group
- religious viewpoint
My tastes actually run away from this list (mostly, with a few exceptions of course). Look at my favorite books over there at the side bar thingy--> There are elements of violence is almost all of them, and some romance (only one has explicit sex), but these aren't the elements I look for in a book. They are all intelligent, creative, gets me thinking, fantastical, and have endearing characters that I care about. So I'm not particularly a banned book reader (Harry Potter and A Brave New World are probably my favorites from those lists), but I'll continue to celebrate the fact that books (books! harmless little packs of paper with words on them) can have such an impact on our society.
So go give a sexually explicit, inappropriate book with explicit language and homosexuality to a child in your life, and, as always, happy reading!