October 30, 2007

Banning Books!

When I was in elementary school, I loved reading Alvin Schwartz's Scary Stories series. His books offered a collection of ghost stories that plainly scared the bejesus out of me. But I still loved them even though they made me sleep with a nite-lite at night.

Imagine my surprise when I discovered that Scary Stories was the #1 Most Challenged book from 1990-2000. I mean, really? I know these books are scary, but do they really need to be challenged or banned?

Here are some other books on the list that surprised me. (These books are still some of my favorites.)

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
The Giver by Lois Lowry
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Goosebumps by R.L. Stine
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Where's Waldo? by Marvin Hanford (Are you kidding me???)

And even Are You There God? It's Me Margaret made the list too at #65. This was such a favorite of mine! I remember reading it from cover to cover and then starting all over again. It's a must-read for tween girls everywhere.



  1. I had to write a paper once on why books are banned. I cannot believe that list! When I saw the list, I realized that most of my favorites were on there, and I owned more than half of them. We had to pick two of the books from the list that we hadn't read before, so I picked The Giver and To Kill A Mockingbird and I loved them! Crazy I know. Also, I totally have the Scary Stories trilogy, I loved them too, I remember in one of them, there is a picture of a ghost lady with hollowed out eyes, still gives me the heebie-jeebies.

  2. Yeah a lot of those are my favorites too. Of course, books are banned because no one wants kids to learn how to think for themselves these days! Sheesh.

  3. My favorite book that is challenged a lot is the dictionary. Not kidding. It has bad words.

    Miss you!

  4. Yeah! I've read them all...does that make me some kind of rebel. I sure hope so.

    And don't you think if people read something like say, "The Giver" then they wouldn't ban books...didn't they see what happened to those people! Sheesh...have we learned anything from books. Keeping information from people turned them into baby killers and elderly assassinaters. (I think I just made that word up...haha)