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Banned Books - Top 10 Silliest Reasons

It's Banned Books Week, which means we are celebrating the freedom to read! Over the years, many books have been "challenged" for a variety of reasons - ranging from the understandable to the completely ridiculous (although I suppose it's all subjective). According to the American Library Association, the top 10 silliest reasons people have challenged a book are as follows... and if there are any titles here you haven't read yet, maybe now is a good time?


10. “Encourages children to break dishes so they won’t have to dry them.”

A Light in the AtticA Light in the Attic

9. “It caused a wave of rapes.”

One Thousand and One NightsOne Thousand and One Nights

8. “If there is a possibility that something might be controversial, then why not eliminate it?”

Bury My Heart at Wounded KneeBury My Heart at Wounded Knee

7. “(Title character) was ‘living in sin’ with Jane.”

Tarzan of the ApesTarzan of the Apes

6. “It is a real ‘downer.’”

The Diary of A Young GirlThe Diary of A Young Girl

5. “The basket carried by (title character) contained a bottle of wine, which condones the use of alcohol.”

Little Red Riding HoodLittle Red Riding Hood

4. “One bunny is white and the other is black and this ‘brainwashes’ readers into accepting miscegenation.”

The Rabbits' WeddingThe Rabbits' Wedding

3. “It is a religious book and public funds should not be used to purchase religious books.”

(not in catalog) Evangelical Commentary on the Bible by Walter A. Elwell (ed)

2. “A female dog is called a bitch.”

My Friend FlickaMy Friend Flicka

1. “An unofficial version of the story of Noah’s Ark will confuse children.”

Many WatersMany Waters