Top Ten Silly Reasons to Ban a HarperCollins Children's Book
1. "Encourages children to break dishes so they won't have to dry them."
(A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein)
2. Children shouldn't be "scared by materials they read in school."
(Scary Stories by Alvin Schwartz)
3. The book "portrays the U.S. government as lacking in intelligence and responsibility."
(The Fragile Flag by Jane Langton)
4. The book "teaches children to spy."
(Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh)
5. "The little boy did not have any clothes on and it pictured his private area."
(In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak)
6. "Children are not ready for illustrations and conversation about jockstraps."
(The Dallas Titans Get Ready for Bed by Karla Kuskin)
7. School board members were concerned about a "sad ending."
(Alan and Naomi by Myron Levoy)
8. Challenged as a summer reading assignment because, "it sounds like pretty explicit stuff."
(The Contender by Robert Lipsyte)
9. The book is "demented."
(The Long Secret by Louise Fitzhugh.)
10. "Promotes cannibalism."
(Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein)
from the Banned Books Resource Guide by Robert P. Doyle, sponsored by the American Booksellers Association
©1997 HarperCollins Publishers