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.