Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Banned Books

Books are usually challenged or banned to protect children from ideas and information that are deemed too difficult for them to deal with. In theory this seems reasonable, but in reality it restricts access of the materials to all which is a bad thing. Only parents or guardians should have the right to restrict what their own children can read. Over the years many books have been banned for a variety of reasons. Here is just a sampling:

Book: Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
Reason: Too depressing.

Book: Harriet the Spy, by Louise Fitzhugh
Reason: Teaches children to lie, spy, talk back, and curse.

Book: Harry Potter books, by J. K. Rowling
Reason: They promote witchcraft, set bad examples, and are too dark.

Book: A Light in the Attic, by Shel Silverstein
Reason: A suggestive illustration that might encourage kids to break dishes so they won't have to dry them.


  1. I think the banning of books is absolutely ridiculous! Everyone should get to read what they want! FREADOM!! BE FREE TO READ!!
    Who else in history has banned and destroyed books because they were deemed "dangerous?" Nazis.
    *Drops mic*

  2. I love Emma's comment... so true!! I can't imagine growing up in a society where reading material is banned! That's absolutely terrible! I think it's a human right to be able to read everything and anything they want to!

  3. It's interesting to see what has been banned throughout history. It reveals a lot about a society to see what ideas the try to suppress.

  4. I can understand banning something like "The Anarchist's Cookbook," but the fact that people ban Harry Potter blows my mind. Imagine how many kids could have picked up reading, had it not been banned in certain places.

  5. I can understand why some books would be banned, but I don't think they should be. I think every book has a message we can take away from it and the author writes those books with that message for a reason. I think they should be heard; don't ban their books. Absurd, I say.