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Banned Books

This interesting, The American Library Association’s Most Frequently Challenged Books list – these are the books that are banned in many schools and libraries.

I look at this list and I see books that I would probably vote to ban, and then I see others that I read in school and wonder why they are banned. Is there any logic behind this, or are booked banned for no particular reason?

Books I might Ban:
I agree that Madonna’s Sex might be a good book to have banned, and I personally don’t want my children reading Heather Has Two Mommies and Daddys Roommate without talking to me about it.

Ones I am unsure of:
Personally I think Goosebumps might be a bit of an extreme series for kids, which I have heard the same argument about Harry Potter, but to ban them? I have read some of the Harry Potter books, and they are not worthy of banning in my opinion. I think that the fact that they get kids reading is worth quite a bit. I can think of a lot worse things they could be doing.

Ones that should not be banned:
I read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Of Mice and Men and The Catcher in the Rye, and I hope my children read them too. Not that I think they are appropriate for my kids today, but before they finish High School they should read them.

All these books I listed are just in the top 20. Further down the list we find Blubber and How to Eat Fried Worms. And to think that this is just the top 100. There may be many other books that don’t even show up at this level. What are we doing? Are we trying to hide history, culture and literature from our children?

This really makes me wonder if it is a good idea to ban books at all. If we cannot regulate what our children read reading intelligently then maybe we shouldn’t regulate it at all. Are we really doing them any favors by candy coating the world?

Whenever the topic banned books come up I think back to a TV show I saw. In it a school librarian was asked to defend a book that was being banned at her school. In the end she gave a passionate testimony where she supported the ban and suggested another book that should also be banned. She went on to describe the contents of the Bible. When you look at the Bible by what it contains then it certainly seems like the kind of book we shouldn’t let our children read. But when you look at it for what it is then we can see the significance of it.

I wonder how long it will take before we ban the Constitution and Declaration of Independence.