Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Wednesday Writers Weigh In: 10 Banned Picture Books
Its Banned Books Week. So what Picture Books have made the list? You might be surprised.
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss, banned in some U.S. areas for, and "being an allegorical political commentary".
In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak, for nudity when Mickey loses his clothes in the middle of the night.
A Light In The Attic by Shel Silverstein, apparently for a single poem and accompanying illustration which suggests that children could avoid washing dishes by breaking them.
Sylvester And The Magic Pebble by William Steig, for a quite ridiculous reason, possibly the most ridiculous of all these: the depiction of the characters as animals, particularly the police as pigs, apparently upset people.
Where The Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein has been banned because the poem "Ladies First" apparently supports cannibalism; I would have never even thought of this, considering that the cannabilistic king is portrayed as evil in that he will be eating the narrator.
The Five Chinese Brothers by Claire Hutchet Bishop was banned because it is deemed too violent.
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, which some apparently considered sexist.
And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson for portraying the true story of a gay penguin couple at the Central Park Zoo in NYC who raise an egg together.
The Sissy Duckling by Harvey Fierstein is a gay portrayal of "The Ugly Ducking" story.
The Three Little Pigs by James Marshall is not only challenged because of the violence, but also on the grounds that pigs as food might offend the Muslim community.
Writers Weigh In! What are some other Banned and/or Challenged Picture Books out there?
Besides reading these wonderful stories, what else can we do to celebrate them this week?
Can I encourage you to change your profile picture for the rest of the week to one of these books with a link back to this page?