- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
- The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
- Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
- The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
- Anee Franbk: The Diary of a Young Girl
- Blubber by Judy Blume
- A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
- The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
- James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle (OMG, this is one of my absolute favorites)
- The Little House on the Prarie Collection by Laura Ingalls Wilder (say what???)
You can find this list here on Amazon with the explanations as to why the books were banned.
Now, for my personal opinion: ignorance is the sole reason for banning the books.
My second opinion: I guarantee you that many people on the band wagon to ban these books, and many others, have never, ever, picked up the book and read a single word. Instead, these people, these pitchfork and torch carrying book banning people (hey, perhaps Dr. Seuss could have done a book about them - oh, wait, they would have banned it!) are basing their decision on the words of other, allegedly enlightened individuals.
Now, let's travel back in time to the release of the second book in the Harry Potter series. Oh, the media frenzy about this horrible book that was promoting magic. Parents be warned, do not let your children read this book. Well, of course, being the rebel I am, I absolutely had to read this horrible book that would corrupt children! Dang, was I disappointed. I mean, the Harry Potter books dealt with the reality of life - bullies, indecision, first love, friendship, overcoming obstacles, the right to choose, and so many other things. Where in heck was the corrupting influence that all these allegedly intelligent people were talking about? Where's the drama that had people protesting this book?
There wasn't any!
I repeat - there wasn't any!
Yes, I know, it's all subjective. If people couldn't carry their pitchforks and torches, they wouldn't have anything else to do! I mean, why actually read a book and decide for yourself when you can rely on the expert testimony of an allegedly intelligent individual!
In the end, we all have the power of choice. If there's a television program that I don't want to watch, then I don't watch it. It's that simple.
I am, contrary to what some people might say, an intelligent individual capable of deciding for myself, without outside influence, whether a television program is good or bad, or whether a book is worth reading. I have discovered, in my few decades of life, that, more often than not, the protesters really have no clue what they're talking about.
So, be a rebel, and go out and read a banned book this week. I dare ya!!!