Monday, September 27, 2010

Caution! Banned Books

Among my happiest memories are of long summer days reading books of my own choosing under a large oak tree. Not everyone would approve of my selections as some of these books have been banned.

The list of books that have been banned is stunning. Books like:
    "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain
    The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
    "Little House in the Big Woods" by Laura Ingalls Wilder
    "The Lorax" by Dr. Seuss
    "The Adventures of Captain Underpants" by Dav Pilkey
    The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
    "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" by Bill Martin Jr. & Eric Carle
    "James and the Giant Peach" by Roald Dahl
    "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee
    "A Light in the Attic" by Shel Silverstein
    "Grimm's Fairy Tales" by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
    "The Diary of Anne Frank" by Anne Frank
    "In the Night Kitchen" by Maurice Sendak
    "The Chocolate War" by Robert Cormier
    "Bridge to Terabithia" by Katherine Paterson
    "Where's Waldo" by Martin Handford
    "Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury

Banned Books Week, observed during the last week of September each year, reminds Americans not to take the democratic freedom of reading choice for granted.

Celebrate your freedom to choose for yourself and your children what you will read. Read a book banned or not today.


Anonymous said...

Dr. Seuss Banned? No Way! Why???

Richard Manoske said...

"The Lorax" by Dr. Seuss was banned in the Laytonville, California School District for being an allegorical political commentary.

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For a list of classic banned books visit:

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