Stumbling across this list of banned children’s books made me wonder about the intent behind banning books. Some of the reasons behind banning these books include: the book is “a bad example for children” (Harriet the Spy), the book features “an elaborate fantasy world that might lead to confusion” (The Bridge to Terabithia), and the book “has no value for children of today” (The Wizard of Oz). Apparently, The Diary of Anne Frank was deemed “too depressing.” Hmmm.
Who has the right to limit a child’s mental and emotional growth and development by banning these books? The reasons seem ridiculous (and in the case of Green Eggs and Ham, completely ludicrous).
The only upside to banned books? As “forbidden fruit” they will seem all the more appealing to kids 🙂
What’s your favorite banned book?