Ahhh, remember The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, BANNED; or, the Harry Potter book series by J.K. Rowling, BANNED.
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl, now that was a great one, BANNED.
Starting to get worried? Check here to see the list of other great books that have been BANNED.
Who, what, when, where, why and how have these books been BANNED? If that's not what you're thinking then perhaps you should be.
From where are they banned? Libraries and school libraries. By whom are they banned? "Libraries, schools, towns, sometimes governments."
Not a lot of people know this about me but here it goes: From 1997 until roughly 1999 I tried to find the rights to a book called Two Girls and a Mystery by May Hollis Barton. I wanted to write a screenplay from this book and I needed the screen rights. I eventually found the rights in possession of Simon and Schuster for $2500. Fair price but I didn't have the money at the time.
It's not the rights that bothered me and changed my view of the world, it was what I learned along the way.
May Hollis Barton was a pseudonym for a group of ghost writers that belonged to the Edward Stratemeyer Syndicate in Orange, New Jersey. Not familiar with the Edward Stratemeyer Syndicate? Sure you are, they pumped out the beloved Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew series amongst others. Business was booming for Edward Stratemeyer and his little syndicate but soon his series books fell under the BANNED list. And one of the big proponents of this banning came from the chief librarian of the Boy Scouts of America when he put out an article entitled, "Blowing Out the Boy's Brains." Although the Boys Scouts of America didn't begin the ban on Edward Stratemeyer series books, it further fueled the public. These books were pulled from library shelves around 1927 and didn't make a comeback until the 1960's.
I mean 1927 and 1960's. Those are the years I think of when I think about banned and burned books, definitely not 2010. But it's true. The list for BANNED books in the United States grows and changes each year. Baffling to me.
Sure. You might not want your kid to read a certain book, so don't let them. But don't prevent others from reading these books. Your opinion is subjective. Don't make up my mind for me or my children.
Check out the following links for more information about the Edward Stratemeyer Syndicate:
The Mysterious Case of the Edward Stratemeyer Syndicate by Carole Kismaric & Marvin Heiferman
The Secret of the Old Clock
Fore more links to blogs who care about banned books go here:
League of Extraordinary Writers
Read a Banned Book
I have to go pick up my kindergartener from half-day kinder now. Go protest if you get a chance! Happy Monday!