Monday, September 22, 2014
It's not just novels that get banned, but children's books too. That includes picture books - some of which are classics. What could be so threatening about picture books? Let's look...
Some folks don't like Maurice Sendak's In the Night Kitchen because the main character is a little boy who just happens to have no clothes on. He's rummaging through the kitchen in his birthday suit! Parents and some librarians have gone so far as to obscure the "offending parts" with marker or tape. It's not like our children haven't seen their little brothers or cousins running around the house naked. Book banners seem to have their sights set on Sendak, because they've also put Where the Wild Things Are and Outside Over There on the list of "books not to read or even let other people read".
Even Dr. Seuss is not safe - as The Lorax has hit the list of banned and challenged. Why? you ask.... it seems that some people did not like the message that we should not plunder the earth's resources for corporate gain. Especially those living in the northwest logging communities where forest products bring home the bacon.
You can find these books - and more banned and challenged books - here at the library. Here's the most recent list of 100 titles that have been challenged in the past decade. You might recognize some of your favorite books.