Sep 29 2005

Banned Books Week! WooHoo!! This is a week of celebration I can get behind. I don’t understand banning books. Are parents so lazy that they actually have to BAN books to try to get their kids to not read them? (Not that it works anyway! The “taboo” is always MUCh more fun!) Why don’t they just pay attention to what their kids are reading and control it in the home instead of trying to force it on others? Why ban them at all? Are they really THAT BAD?! Some of my favorite books are on this list! Can’t kids be trusted to decide for themselves? Oh wait… no, we wouldn’t want to be raising critical thinkers or anything.

Inspired by my darling husband, Johnny Logic, here are the books I have read from the American Library Association’s top 100 most frequently challenged books:

1 Scary Stories (Series) by Alvin Schwartz
3 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
5 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
6 Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
7 Harry Potter (Series) by J.K. Rowling
8 Forever by Judy Blume
9 Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
13 The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
14 The Giver by Lois Lowry
16 Goosebumps (Series) by R.L. Stine
18 The Color Purple by Alice Walker
22 A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
27 The Witches by Roald Dahl
29 Anastasia Krupnik (Series) by Lois Lowry
32 Blubber by Judy Blume
37 The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
39 The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
41 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
42 Beloved by Toni Morrison
45 Bumps in the Night by Harry Allard
46 Deenie by Judy Blume
47 Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
50 Cross Your Fingers, Spit in Your Hat by Alvin Schwartz
51 A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
52 Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
55 Cujo by Stephen King
56 James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
62 Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
67 The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
69 Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
70 Lord of the Flies by William Golding
71 Native Son by Richard Wright
77 Carrie by Stephen King
78 Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume
83 The Dead Zone by Stephen King
84 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
85 Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
88 Where’s Waldo? by Martin Hanford
98 The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

39 of ‘em – not too shabby. I may have read some of the others but, due to the fact that I read CONSTANTLY as a kid (and now!), I may not remember. My memory is particularly shoddy lately.

Happy Thursday. I’m really glad this week is almost over. Starting Monday I am considered “full term” and will be allowed to go into labor at any time and can go to the Birth Center, not the smelly hospital. This kid could be as little as 3 days away from arriving (but I’m not counting on it- just tripping out about it!).

Have a good one. Read banned books.