(I don’t know why, but while trying to fall asleep, this post came almost fully-formed into my head.)
As a reader/ librarian’s daughter/someone who believes in, you know, personal decisions, I do not look too kindly upon those who would ban books. And, often, the books that come under objection are ones that most of us would see as completely innocuous. I can just imagine (cue dream sequence music):
Innocuous book: “The Tale of Peter Rabbit”
Imaginary book-banner: “Rabbits who can speak?! Clearly they’ve made a deal with the devil!”
Innocuous book: “Goodnight, Moon”
Imaginary book-banner: “Saying goodnight to the moon? Obviously a pagan ritual.”
Innocuous book: “The Cat in the Hat”
Imaginary book-banner: “Duh. Everyone knows cats are in league with witches.”
Looking at some of the books on this list of the 100 Most-Frequently Challenged Books from 1990-2000, though, I’m not sure how far-fetched my jokey scenarios are. I’ve read many of these books (my beloved “A Wrinkle in Time” is included), most of them when I was a child, and at least so far, there have been no ill effects.
Feel free (freedom is good!) to share your thoughts/add satirical excoriations of unobjectionable books.