People have been banning books since 387 B.C. Today, in all 50 states, individuals and groups alike continue to attempt to restrict our freedom of access to written works they deem objectionable. We here at HarperCollins Children's Books are committed to discussing and defending issues surrounding the First Amendment to the Constitution.
Here is are some classic HarperCollins titles that have been challenged, is one of your family's favorites on the list?
Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead
George Dinky Hocker Shoots Smack by M.E. Kerr
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Dragonwings by Laurence Yep
Top Ten Silly Reasons To Ban A HarperCollins Children's Book
1. "Encourages children to break dishes so they won't have to dry them." (A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein)
2. Children shouldn't be "scared by materials they read in school." (Scary Stories 3 by Alvin Schwartz)
3. The book "portrays the U.S. government as lacking in intelligence and responsibility." (The Fragile Flag by Jane Langton)
4. The book "teaches children to spy." (Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh)
5. "The little boy did not have any clothes on and it pictured his private area." (In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak)
6. "Children are not ready for illustrations and conversation about jockstraps." (The Dallas Titans Get Ready for Bed by Karla Kuskin)
7. School board members were concerned about a "sad ending." (Alan and Naomi by Myron Levoy)
8. Challenged as a summer reading assignment because, "it sounds like pretty explicit stuff." (The Contender by Robert Lipsyte)
9. The book is "demented." (The Long Secret by Louise Fitzhugh.)
10. "Promotes cannibalism." (Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein) from the Banned Books Resource Guide by Robert P. Doyle, sponsored by the American Booksellers Association
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