13. His Dark Materials, by Phillip Pullman -- A newer fantasy series that's been compared to other great series like Narnia & Earthsea. Hmmm, OK.
12. The Face on the Milk Carton, by Caroline B Cooney -- I may be one of the only people who never read this as a kid, but I'm failing to see what the big deal is.
11. James and the Giant Peach, by Roald Dahl -- This one and the next one are both enduring children's classics that have been around for decades. So the problem is...?
10. A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeline L'Engle
9. The Harry Potter books, by JK Rowling -- Mentions of witchcraft aside, these books teach such good lessons. So we wouldn't want kids to read them because...?
8. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins -- OK there's a lot of killing, BUT if you actually read the books you'd quickly discover there is so much more to the story.
7. Twilight, by Stephanie Meyers -- Alright, I know this series is hated by many, but someone want to explain to me how the sparkly vampires are dangerous?
6. The Lord of the Rings, by JRR Tolkien -- This would be the epic fantasy classic, beloved the world over. We are talking about the same books right?
5. Goosebumps, by RL Stine -- Stories about things that go bump in the night and got a whole generation of boys to crack open a book? I'm failing to see the problem here.
4. The Giver, by Lois Lowry -- Um, this one was assigned summer reading for me between 7th & 8th grade. Assigned by my private, Catholic grade school. So tell me, really, how bad could it possibly be?
3. A Light in the Attic, by Shel Silverstein -- A book of clever and silly children's poems, seriously??
2. Where's Waldo?, by Martin Hanford -- um, WHY?
And my hands down pick for the #1 spot...
Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury -- The classic novel that's all about why censorship is bad, yea let's ban that. WOW.
So many of the books that are challenged are very same books that have ignited a love of reading in so many people, young and old, so it really makes me sad to learn there have been attempts to wipe them from the shelves. Be a rebel and read a banned book! It just might give you a different perspective or even become a new favorite. If nothing else, it's a celebration of the right to read what YOU choose. And if you want to join my 2013 Banned Books Challenge, sign-up here!
|photo credit: Love Of Books by George Hodan|